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While Valve continue ignoring SteamOS for now, GamerOS continues to mature the big-screen Linux experience with another big release available to download now.

It's a genuinely good Linux distribution if you want a console-like experience. Giving you the Steam Big Picture mode, along with their Steam Buddy tool that allows you to install from other sources. GamerOS 24 upgrades some of the main components of Linux including Kernel 5.11.16, Mesa drivers 21.0.3, NVIDIA 465.27 along with upgrades to their compositor, their Steam Tweaks tool and their Steam Buddy tool.

What else is new:

  • Non-Steam shortcuts now support tags, favorites, and can appear in the recent section
  • Added Proton 6.5-GE-2
  • Improved reliability of automatic updates
  • Check for system updates daily in addition to at boot time
  • Fix for SteamVR app popping up constantly when playing VR games
  • Automatic screen orientation adjustment for some handheld devices
  • Added support for 1440p screen resolution

For existing users, no extra work needed as it should auto update for you. New users can download from the official site.

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Nugrud 5 May
when was the last time SteamOS was updated by Valve? Does anyone still use it?
Mal 5 May
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Quoting: Nugrudwhen was the last time SteamOS was updated by Valve? Does anyone still use it?

If I were Gaben I wouldn't spend resources into SteamOs until Big Picture and Proton are polished. After all the deficiencies in those areas were the cause of failure of the Steam Machine initiative.

It will be interesting though to see if Valve will try another time to push SteamOs when the time comes or if they just leave it to community projects like this one. The advantage of community projects is that they might have less legal and commercial issues in integrating third party stores into their distro. Assuming any store other than Steam start supporting linux ofc.
lessster 5 May
Quoting: Nugrudwhen was the last time SteamOS was updated by Valve? Does anyone still use it?

I am still using SteamOS, was very happy with it in the beginning, but the last time it has been updated was almost three years ago, so to me it looks like Valve abandoned it completely. Lots of libraries are completely outdated now so that many games won't launch anymore...

Would like to switch to GamerOS, but the last time I tried it, it was incapable to use more than one hard disk. Does anymore know if this has been fixed already? (my system has a small SSD to boot from plus a huge HDD to install games on it.)


Last edited by lessster on 5 May 2021 at 10:11 am UTC
alkazar 5 May
Quoting: lesssterWould like to switch to GamerOS, but the last time I tried it, it was incapable to use more than one hard disk. Does anymore know if this has been fixed already? (my system has a small SSD to boot from plus a huge HDD to install games on it.)

There has been no developments yet in this area. It is not impossible to set this up though. You would need to install the OS and then modify `/etc/fstab` manually.
lessster 5 May
Quoting: alkazarThere has been no developments yet in this area. It is not impossible to set this up though. You would need to install the OS and then modify `/etc/fstab` manually.

Modifying /etc/fstab is one thing, I guess I am able to handle that. But would that alone be sufficient? I fear there's more to do than that. Somehow Steam must be made aware of the additional filesystem to be able to use it as a game library folder. It is possible in Steam BPM (Big Picture Mode) to switch between several library folders, though, but somehow they need to be set up (created by making a couple of entries in some .vdf files) first, and as far as I know this is only possible in desktop mode, not in BPM, and this information should be persistent, even after performing any GamerOS related upgrades...


Last edited by lessster on 5 May 2021 at 12:02 pm UTC
The other solution is to use a vanilla Ubuntu and slap SteamOS-Compositor, Steamos-Compositor+ on top of it. That's what I do, atm, I'm waiting for the GamerOS installer to be updated so that it recognizes my ethernet card (Asus TUF Gaming B550m requires Linux 5.11).
pb 5 May
Quoting: lessster
Quoting: Nugrudwhen was the last time SteamOS was updated by Valve? Does anyone still use it?

I am still using SteamOS, was very happy with it in the beginning, but the last time it has been updated was almost three years ago, so to me it looks like Valve abandoned it completely. Lots of libraries are completely outdated now so that many games won't launch anymore...

Would like to switch to GamerOS, but the last time I tried it, it was incapable to use more than one hard disk. Does anymore know if this has been fixed already? (my system has a small SSD to boot from plus a huge HDD to install games on it.)

I was in *exactly* the same boat, but eventually I had to switch because some newer games just didn't work and kids wouldn't get off me... so I installed GamerOS and it was a painful experience but eventually got everything set up (fstab and all), fixed audio numerous times until it stopped breaking (for now) installed minecraft from flathub (though apparently I need to uninstall and reinstall it after every update), and even installed chromium after an even more painful experience (for GeForceNow - Fortnite... controller doesn't work though). All in all, it's noticeably worse than SteamOS (at least in terms of installing and configuring) but it's as good as it gets while we wait for SteamOS 3 4.
Quoting: Nugrudwhen was the last time SteamOS was updated by Valve? Does anyone still use it?

There is an acceptable solution, even quite good in my opinion.
Take a close look at this Internet-Address:
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https://github.com/ShadowApex/steamos-ubuntu/blob/master/install.sh
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After that you can install the Steamos-Compositor Plus from GamerOS
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https://github.com/gamer-os/steamos-compositor-plus
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e-voila ...

..yours ..iVAN..
dubigrasu 5 May
Quoting: pbwhile we wait for SteamOS 3 4.
You surely meant to say SteamOS 2 Episode One, or I dunno...SteamOS 2 Lost Coast.
pb 5 May
Quoting: dubigrasu
Quoting: pbwhile we wait for SteamOS 3 4.
You surely meant to say SteamOS 2 Episode One, or I dunno...SteamOS 2 Lost Coast.

SteamOS 2.99
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