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Looks like SteamOS 3.0 is on the way codenamed Clockwerk

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This is a little exciting! It seems Valve are pushing ahead with some major updates to SteamOS with SteamOS 3.0.

Looks like it will be codenamed Clockwerk, continuing their tradition of naming their versions after Dota 2 characters like we had with the previous Alchemist and Brewmaster releases. You can see their repo list here, which shows both a Clockwerk and Clockwerk Beta listing.

Valve actually hinted that this was coming with the last update to SteamOS, where they noted that they had updated their build infrastructure.

It's possible this will be based on Debian 9, which was released back in 2017 since Brewmaster is still based on Debian 8 which was released way back in 2015. Update: Turns out it is indeed based on Debian 9, as pointed out in our comments.

I wouldn't expect major changes in how SteamOS actually operates though, as this will likely involve Kernel and GPU driver updates to help SteamOS keep up with modern hardware. It does show they still believe in it though, slow and steady wins the race? Will be fun to see exactly what it includes.

For the current stable version of SteamOS, they just pushed the previous beta out to everyone too with SteamOS update 2.154.

Hat tip to dubigrasu.

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TimeFreeze 24 July 2018 at 12:37 pm UTC
Even though i dont use SteamOS. I like it how Valve still is on its Linux Course. Can only be good for everyone.
skinnyraf 24 July 2018 at 12:37 pm UTC
Yes, yes, yes! Hopefully it will speed up updating drivers.

That said, the BPM is more important that the base SteamOS system. The thing is broken hopelessly not just on SteamOS, but also on Debian or Windows. Browsing special offers doesn't work. Screenshots or videos timeout. Notifications work or don't work.

One thing I wish they added was GUI to install games from other vendors, e.g. GOG. This includes allowing spaces in .desktop files. I know that we're talking about Steam OS, but I hope that Valve realises that without embracing openness they won't get far.
tjemni 24 July 2018 at 1:12 pm UTC
Hopefully the new SteamOS will bring patches that benifits Debian Stretch users as well. My games are running smoothly, but I have some bugs with Steam.
iniudan 24 July 2018 at 1:17 pm UTC
skinnyrafYes, yes, yes! Hopefully it will speed up updating drivers.

That said, the BPM is more important that the base SteamOS system. The thing is broken hopelessly not just on SteamOS, but also on Debian or Windows. Browsing special offers doesn't work. Screenshots or videos timeout. Notifications work or don't work.

One thing I wish they added was GUI to install games from other vendors, e.g. GOG. This includes allowing spaces in .desktop files. I know that we're talking about Steam OS, but I hope that Valve realises that without embracing openness they won't get far.

Pretty sure it could be possible for user themselves to add what you want, I remember a few years I saw online posts where emulators were integrated to Big Picture mode.


Last edited by iniudan at 24 July 2018 at 1:19 pm UTC. Edited 2 times.
drmoth 24 July 2018 at 1:37 pm UTC
As a (these days) soley SteamOS user this is VERY exciting news.

By the way, it is Debian Stretch that's used in Clockwerk. Check it out:

http://repo.steampowered.com/steamos/dists/clockwerk/non-free/binary-amd64/Release
liamdawe 24 July 2018 at 1:46 pm UTC
drmothAs a (these days) soley SteamOS user this is VERY exciting news.

By the way, it is Debian Stretch that's used in Clockwerk. Check it out:

http://repo.steampowered.com/steamos/dists/clockwerk/non-free/binary-amd64/Release
Ah I went looking, but missed that, added a quick note
skinnyraf 24 July 2018 at 1:51 pm UTC
iniudanOne thing I wish they added was GUI to install games from other vendors, e.g. GOG. This includes allowing spaces in .desktop files. I know that we're talking about Steam OS, but I hope that Valve realises that without embracing openness they won't get far.

Pretty sure it could be possible for user themselves to add what you want, I remember a few years I saw online posts where emulators were integrated to Big Picture mode.[/quote]
Yes, it is possible, but it defies the idea of SteamOS. Sure, you can create a wrapper .desktop file without spaces. You can switch to the desktop and install additional software, then switch back to the BPM to add it. Neither is very couch experience.
liberodark 24 July 2018 at 2:43 pm UTC
Archive: testing
Component: non-free
Origin: Valve Software LLC
Label: SteamOS
Architecture: amd64
Description: SteamOS 3.0 distribution based on Debian 9.x Stretch

http://repo.steampowered.com/steamos/dists/clockwerk/non-free/binary-amd64/Release

Steam + Linux = SteamOS
ageres 24 July 2018 at 2:53 pm UTC
SteamOS 3.0? Heresy!
FredO 24 July 2018 at 3:03 pm UTC
ageresSteamOS 3.0? Heresy!

So Valve can count to 3! Could that confirm the imminent release of....naaaaa, no way!
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