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SteamOS, Valve's Linux distribution aimed at a more console-like big TV experience actually saw some small updates recently.

Firstly, the 2.166 beta that was released way back in August of 2018 was finally promoted to the stable channel so you don't need to mess about with opting into the SteamOS beta. This is important, since it brings with it an updated NVIDIA driver, an updated Mesa driver, security fixes and a bug fix for an unresponsive login button.

The extra importance of those driver updates, is that they're the absolute minimum required for Steam Play use. Still, they're obviously quite outdated now since there's been a number of big updates since August last year.

It seems to have gone a little unnoticed, with a new 2.170 SteamOS beta that went live earlier this week too. Although, it's nothing fancy with only security fixes being noted. Even so, it's good to see some work being done on it.

Hopefully later this year we will finally see SteamOS 3.0 codenamed Clockwerk, with it being based on Debian 9. Their repository list doesn't show it seeing any updates since last summer though, so hopefully it will be picked up again.

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Mohandevir 28 January 2019 at 2:40 pm UTC
Personnally, I really do like SteamOS but, imo, the "lowest denominator" they are offering is just way too low (outdated drivers). I prefer tweaking an Ubuntu minimal install and add the nvidia gpu drivers or mesa repo.

Stumbled upon this project that quite does that with a nice automated script:

https://github.com/ShadowApex/steamos-ubuntu

I guess it might change when SteamPlay will be out of beta...
Tuxgamer 28 January 2019 at 3:12 pm UTC
MohandevirPersonnally, I really do like SteamOS but, imo, the "lowest denominator" they are offering is just way too low (outdated drivers). I prefer tweaking an Ubuntu minimal install and add the nvidia gpu drivers or mesa repo.

Stumbled upon this project that quite does that with a nice automated script:

https://github.com/ShadowApex/steamos-ubuntu

I guess it might change when SteamPlay will be out of beta...

I agree with you there, that's why I'm using the brewmaster beta.
On that topic, we need more people to put the steamos box in there living room and this is where valve really need to do more polishing on. They need to keep it as simple and streamlined as possible and steamos is moving way to slow, that's why it's loosing steam. (pun not intended They need to keep issuing bug fixes and introduce a lot more features to it so that people can't wait to get home to play on there steambox. It's just not happening. FYI if valve is reading these posts, a lot of us I think still love it but you really need to kick it into a higher gear to attract and keep and grow the user base.
skinnyraf 29 January 2019 at 11:13 am UTC
GuestDebian testing xfce is far less full blown than SteamOS, Debian testing Xfce fits to a cd-rom disk and it is a stable and compatible rolling release OS.

You're missing the point. It's not about the installed size. It's about tweaks to make it a keyboard-free experience: steamcompmgr, unattended upgrades, restore scripts, sane Pulseaudio configuration.
A part of it is a rock-solid foundation. The expectation is that if something went wrong, restore scripts should be able to fix it, without users assistance, and that issues basically don't happen. Testing is ok for regular computing, but not for console-like experience.
shelloflight 2 February 2019 at 5:38 am UTC
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shelloflightMy steam machine is perpetually stuck with the "Restart to upgrade SteamOS" prompt :/.
Have you tried doing a recovery?

You shouldn't have to re download your games.

https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=8470-QSKM-0491

This didn't work at first, but after three tries the update went through. Bizarre.


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Tuxgamer 15 February 2019 at 12:37 am UTC
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Tuxgamer
shelloflightMy steam machine is perpetually stuck with the "Restart to upgrade SteamOS" prompt :/.
Have you tried doing a recovery?

You shouldn't have to re download your games.

https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=8470-QSKM-0491

This didn't work at first, but after three tries the update went through. Bizarre.
Very strange indeed, but at least it worked!
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