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Valve have pushed out SteamOS 2.67 beta with some minor but useful changes to the compositor, pulseaudio and boot-up. It also fixes as an issue with The Talos Principle.

Changelog:
> steamos-compositor - Prefer HDMI/DP over other types of displays. (patch by Coucouf)
> steamos-base-files - Plumb Alienware Deep Sleep toggle through the control script.
> steamos-modeswitch-inhibitor - Fix an issue where The Talos Principle would fail to start.
> grub - reduce screen flashing during boot
> pulseaudio - dynamic profile availability
> Usual bug fixes and security updates

I am hoping the pulseaudio changes help when you unplug USB headphones, as previously the audio wouldn't correctly switch back over which was a really annoying problem. I haven't had time to test it myself, but it's on my todo list of issues to re-check and send to Valve.

The grub changes should hopefully make SteamOS boot up look a little nicer too.

You can grab the beta by opting into it in the SteamOS settings.

See their official post on it here. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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miro 25 March 2016 at 10:05 am UTC
hm, I encountered problems with Metro and Kodi, that can lead to sound stutter in case when:

1. kodi is started, some film watched, kodi then quit and a game launched: the game-sound stutters heavily then
2. in metro when for example lots of loud firing happens in some heavy-action scenes, then suddenly at half the magazine fired, the same stutter occurs just as after 1.

I am using HDMI 5.1 over nVidia video card.
the only solution for me was to restart the system. So basically after every movie-session a restart is required to avoid that issue.
this happens at least with the current built, I opted-out from the beta since I had some issues once and don't want to mess around this again.

does anyone have similar problems? the mentioned pulseaudio update does obviously not address this.
Swiftpaw 25 March 2016 at 4:21 pm UTC
With nvidia now having dkms in their proprietary driver, hopefully soon we'll have pretty-looking booting screens, too.
AsciiWolf 25 March 2016 at 10:26 pm UTC
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SwiftpawWith nvidia now having dkms in their proprietary driver, hopefully soon we'll have pretty-looking booting screens, too.

Sadly, we won't, because it doesn't use the kernel implementation of KMS and lacks fbdev driver. :-(
Swiftpaw 25 March 2016 at 11:20 pm UTC
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SwiftpawWith nvidia now having dkms in their proprietary driver, hopefully soon we'll have pretty-looking booting screens, too.

Sadly, we won't, because it doesn't use the kernel implementation of KMS and lacks fbdev driver. :-(

Hmm, hopefully something they will fix in the future then!
TacoDeBoss 26 March 2016 at 3:34 pm UTC
I'm really excited about the GRUB updates. Ubuntu 16.04 Beta 2 also has an updated GRUB version, so now when I'm booting, there's no annoying kernel messages.. It's so nice ;_;
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