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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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I use SteamOS awhile back for my HTPC but dropped it as I left Steam and began to retire games that I no longer play.

Is GamerOS great for someone that has a large GOG/itch.io library? All of my games are controller based and we use our HTPCs as consoles-like machines.
lessster 5 May
Quoting: tobias_newe@live.deThere 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..

This does in fact look truely promising, thanks a lot for that! I really have to give it a try eventually (soon).


Last edited by lessster on 5 May 2021 at 7:31 pm UTC
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 Lost Cause?

How dare I!


Last edited by Mohandevir on 5 May 2021 at 8:23 pm UTC
Marlock 5 May
Quoteinstalled minecraft from flathub (though apparently I need to uninstall and reinstall it after every update)

this is probably solvable by running:
 
flatpak update
Marlock 5 May
QuoteIs GamerOS great for someone that has a large GOG/itch.io library?

Itch.io has an opensource store/intaller/launcher/updater app so if you get it installed and added as 3rd-party app to Steam on GamerOS it's probably all gonna work fine afterwards

For GOG there are a couple 3rd-party apps for the same purpose, despite their sad insistency ignoring linux users (eg: MiniGalaxy)
Protektor 6 May
Quoting: Mal
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.

GamerOS already supports Steam, GOG, Epic, Itchi.io and Humble Bundle with open source programs out there.
https://github.com/sharkwouter/minigalaxy
https://lutris.net/
https://github.com/Heroic-Games-Launcher/HeroicGamesLauncher
https://github.com/itchio/itch
https://github.com/tkashkin/GameHub

Really there are only a few stores left without Linux client support:
EA Origin
Ubisoft UPlay
Rockstar (Still available via Steam & Epic)
Bethesda.Net (Not sure how this will play out with Microsoft buy out)
Blizzard Battle.net
Guild Wars (Coming to Steam)
Protektor 6 May
Quoting: lessster
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...

Why not use something like MergerFS or ZFS or BTRFS something with drive pooling and just put the mount point as the game directory for game installs.
lessster 6 May
Quoting: ProtektorWhy not use something like MergerFS or ZFS or BTRFS something with drive pooling and just put the mount point as the game directory for game installs.

Thanks for the hint. Although, I am not sure if GamerOS supports something like that. Problem might be that GamerOS has only Big Picture Mode (BPM) of Steam enabled, currently there seems to be no way to run Steam in Desktop Mode on GamerOS. And only in Desktop Mode it is possible to specify a game directory...

(Well, SteamOS is also BPM only by default, but there exists an easy workaround to make SteamOS boot into Desktop Mode temporarily. But that doesn't work on GamerOS, I have yet to find such a workaround for GamerOS)
Quoting: lessster
Quoting: tobias_newe@live.deThere is an acceptable solution, even quite good in my opinion.
Take a close look at this Internet-Address:
------------
https://github.com/ShadowApex/steamos-ubuntu/blob/master/install.sh
--------
After that you can install the Steamos-Compositor Plus from GamerOS
----------------
https://github.com/gamer-os/steamos-compositor-plus
-------------------

e-voila ...

..yours ..iVAN..

This does in fact look truely promising, thanks a lot for that! I really have to give it a try eventually (soon).

Not only promising, this works very good, first I was a bit sceptic to have always the latest mesa/vulkan git installed, but in practice the system and the Games (native and proton) are performing very well..!
Quoting: tobias_newe@live.de
Quoting: lessster
Quoting: tobias_newe@live.deThere is an acceptable solution, even quite good in my opinion.
Take a close look at this Internet-Address:
------------
https://github.com/ShadowApex/steamos-ubuntu/blob/master/install.sh
--------
After that you can install the Steamos-Compositor Plus from GamerOS
----------------
https://github.com/gamer-os/steamos-compositor-plus
-------------------

e-voila ...

..yours ..iVAN..

This does in fact look truely promising, thanks a lot for that! I really have to give it a try eventually (soon).

Not only promising, this works very good, first I was a bit sceptic to have always the latest mesa/vulkan git installed, but in practice the system and the Games (native and proton) are performing very well..!

... And go figure why, if you replace the GDM3 greeter with Lightdm (probably a permission issue with GDM3), then add a user account named "desktop" and add user "desktop" to the nopasswdlogin group, the BPM "switch to desktop" option will work exactly like in SteamOS. Personnally I like/prefer that option, when I have issues with BPM's bluetooth or sound setup (personnal experience).


Last edited by Mohandevir on 6 May 2021 at 6:19 pm UTC
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