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SteamOS-like Linux distribution GamerOS has a new release up

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GamerOS, a Linux distribution based originally on Arch with a firm focus on an out of the box experience for gaming on your couch (much like Valve's original idea with SteamOS) has a new release.

Sounds like plenty of nice changes if you want a Linux-based system to stick under your big-screen TV. If you've used Steam Big Picture mode and know your way around it, GamerOS should make it quite easy since that's what it's based upon.

Plenty of the key components behind it have been upgraded with GamerOS 18 including a newer Linux Kernel at 5.6.15, update Mesa drivers 20.0.7, NVIDIA driver 440.82, plus an updated compositor and other bundled packages like RetroArch 1.8.8.

New additions include other emulators for Steam Buddy, the web-based interface for managing non-Steam software on it. Added platforms include Arcade, Neo Geo and GameCube. Plus Steam Buddy got an "Exit Game" option. More Flathub apps are supported now too including Xonotic, Veloren and Firefox so you can get extra packages installed relatively easily.

There's also now wake on LAN support, improved gamepad support for the N64 controller and Xbox One controller connected via dongle, "various" improvements to the installer and there's also now an automated build system in place for making system images for GamerOS.

Find out more on the official site.

Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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8 comments

Patola 1 Jun
What is it based on? Arch? I found that information difficult to find. From their github site it is only said that building its image can only be done in Arch Linux.
Liam Dawe 1 Jun
Quoting: PatolaWhat is it based on? Arch? I found that information difficult to find. From their github site it is only said that building its image can only be done in Arch Linux.
It's in their FAQ:
QuoteGamerOS is based on Arch Linux. However, this is only relevant to GamerOS developers and no Arch Linux knowledge is required to install or use GamerOS.
ShabbyX 1 Jun
I installed it on my under-tv pc a month ago, works quite nicely!
Nanobang 1 Jun
I've been playing with it on my tester laptop, and it works really nicely; though, admittedly, I don't play anything on emulators, so I can't speak to that function of it.

I know I've not had any luck with its "automatic" Wine function working so far, but that's fine; it does a fantastic job of bringing games from disparate sources together under one slick-looking banner.

I'll have to fire up my ol' lappy and update GamerOS and check out the rings and toots of these newest bells and whistles.
I'm using my Arch Linux system as a gaming os, just installed it and added the Steam Big Picture mode to run at start up. But I'm having some issues that I think are Steam bugs:
If I hit 'X' button at the download screen to stop a windows game only download, it cancels my download, so I have to start over again;
I just can not add friends on Steam Big Picture;
Also Steam remote play is not working streaming to my laptop;
Marcsello 1 Jun
This looks like quite a nice project.
And it's pretty much needed as SteamOS developement seems stuck, and that system can be painful to debug (or even use) sometimes. How come I haven't heard of this before? :D
I've been using it since the last time it was featured here on GoL. I am really enjoying it... the Steam Buddy feature is great (though a bit rough around the edges), and a much nicer replacement for the old Ice and Steam Rom Manager tools which I've had mixed results with in the past.
Just today I built an ITX HTPC/Steam Machine and installed Gameros on it. So far it works amazingly well, I've tried a mix of native and proton games and everything except Trine 2 works with 0 issues.
Only thing I'm missing is HDMI/CEC to control Kodi via the TV remote and Hyperion for my TV backlight. I hope I can get those to work too somehow.
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