ChimeraOS, the Linux distribution designed for couch gaming much like SteamOS, has version 39 out now. This is the first release since Valve swapped to the New Big Picture Mode from the Steam Deck. Designed very much to be just like SteamOS, except with a bunch of added extras, it boots directly into Steam Big Picture Mode.
Release version 39 comes with Linux kernel 6.1.11, Mesa 22.3.4 with ANV patches for Gamescope and NVIDIA 525.89.02.
Here's the main highlights:
- Switch to Gamepad/Deck UI by default.
- Fully Integrate system updates into the Gamepad/Deck UI.
- Preserve non-Steam game shortcuts not created by the Chimera web app.
- Added Nintendo DS support.
- Updated install media with new system repair/recovery functionality.
- Fixed a bug where custom launch options and Steam input settings were not being applied.
- Stability improvements to Hogwarts Legacy and possibly other games.
- Fixed some issues with Flatpak desktop integration.
- Added boot/splash animation (by Mark Tolle).
- Fixed boot failure with Nvidia + certain Intel CPUs.
- Improvements to Intel GPU compatibility.
- HandyGCCS: Swapped default mapping for QAM and Guide buttons on OXP and AOKZOE devices. Guide will now. activate on a short press of the "orange/yellow" key.
- HandyGCCS: Improved stuttering for gyro controls on supported devices.
- Removable media will now be checked for compatibility when formatting.
- Some supported Ryzen APU's will have their T-junction temp set to 95C automatically. This solves overheating issues in some handheld consoles.
- The split_lock_detect kernel parameter is now set to off by default.
Any readers using ChimeraOS? Be sure to let me know in the comments how you're getting on with it.