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SteamOS has a minor update to test the waters before a bigger update

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Really good to see this. SteamOS had a small update recently, which is testing the waters towards a bigger update.

If you've been wondering why SteamOS updates had been so quiet, it seems Valve has been working on updating their build infrastructure. They have another update coming, to finally update the graphics drivers and kernel versions which will also be great to have.

Yesterday's update was just security updates along with package updates pulled in from Debian 8.11. See the full post about it here, here's what they said if you're unable to access at work or wherever:

A lot of minor package updates with security fixes and updates from Debian 8.11[www.debian.org]. As usual, some of the referenced updated packages are only used for building and aren't distributed as part of the SteamOS repository.

We have recently updated our build infrastructure and this update is intentionally kept small in order to test the waters before our upcoming kernel and graphics drivers update.

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Ananace 7 July 2018 at 3:15 pm UTC
I wonder if they're planning on maybe switching it onto a newer Debian base entirely, stretch has been released for over a year now after all.
liamdawe 7 July 2018 at 3:16 pm UTC
AnanaceI wonder if they're planning on maybe switching it onto a newer Debian base entirely, stretch has been released for over a year now after all.
Possibly what they've been working towards.
Dedale 7 July 2018 at 3:42 pm UTC
Very naive question but what would be the main advantages for them ? Larger hardware support ? Newer kernel features they could use ? Just not to be cut from main support ? Aren't they not taking care of the GPU driver side of things themselves already ?

I confess i know little.


Last edited by Dedale at 7 July 2018 at 3:53 pm UTC
liamdawe 7 July 2018 at 3:44 pm UTC
DedaleVery naive question but what would be the main advantages for them ? Larger hardware support ? Newer kernel features they could use ? Just not to be cut form main support ? Aren't they not taking care of the GPU driver side of things themselves already ?

I confess i know little.
All of the above

Newer kernel = works with newer hardware. Same with GPU drivers and since they use Mesa for AMD GPUs, their support is a little behind.
gustavoyaraujo 7 July 2018 at 4:41 pm UTC
When will they starting developing exclusive titles?
liamdawe 7 July 2018 at 5:20 pm UTC
gustavoyaraujoWhen will they starting developing exclusive titles?
Exclusives are just bad, no one wants them. They push platforms, sure, but they lock you into things.
skinnyraf 7 July 2018 at 5:41 pm UTC
It's nice that they update SteamOS 2.0, but it's high time to seriously update both the base system and the BPM.
lucinos 7 July 2018 at 8:08 pm UTC
liamdawe
gustavoyaraujoWhen will they starting developing exclusive titles?
Exclusives are just bad, no one wants them. They push platforms, sure, but they lock you into things.

I agree :-)

What I would really love to see is an "AAA" title that will be 50€/$ that plays for any OS (win/mac/linux) *OR* only 5 but then you have it _only_ for linux.
Inspector_Gidget 7 July 2018 at 8:37 pm UTC
lucinos
liamdawe
gustavoyaraujoWhen will they starting developing exclusive titles?
Exclusives are just bad, no one wants them. They push platforms, sure, but they lock you into things.

I agree :-)

What I would really love to see is an "AAA" title that will be 50€/$ that plays for any OS (win/mac/linux) *OR* only 5 but then you have it _only_ for linux.

This is a great idea. After the uncountable amount of times my friends have asked me to play Overwatch, PUBG, Seige, etc... (and begging me dual boot Windows) I'd like to have just one title to shove in their faces.
slaapliedje 7 July 2018 at 9:48 pm UTC
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DedaleVery naive question but what would be the main advantages for them ? Larger hardware support ? Newer kernel features they could use ? Just not to be cut from main support ? Aren't they not taking care of the GPU driver side of things themselves already ?

I confess i know little.

It is about the equivalent of going from a 4 year old operating system to a 1 year old one with much better support for backports.
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