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SteamOS updated with some major new drivers and an updated Debian base

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SteamOS isn't being left out in the cold like some would believe, as it too today got a big update with new shiny stuff.

Note: This is currently in Beta.

jvert, ValveThis is a large update. Notably it includes updates to Mesa 13.03, NVIDIA driver 375.26 and Debian 8.7

While this doesn't give SteamOS any major new features, it is really great to see SteamOS get much more recent drivers. With a more recent version of Mesa, this should make it a much better experience for AMD GPU owners who want to try out SteamOS.

Once this update goes stable, it should make SteamOS better for everyone.

See the full update notes here.

I am hoping to see more interesting work on SteamOS this year. Notably absent on Linux/SteamOS is that we still don't have Steam Broadcasting.

What are your hopes for SteamOS this year? Sometime this year Linux and SteamOS directly should get Virtual Reality support on Steam, so that's something to look forward to. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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opera 19 January 2017 at 11:13 pm UTC
Great! I was waiting desperately for updated graphics driver. Now I can finally upgrade my SteamMachine graphics card to a Nvidia Gtx 1060. Hope it doesn't take too long until these updates get out of beta.

QuoteNotably absent on Linux/SteamOS is that we still don't have Steam Broadcasting.
I sometimes watch some broadcasts when I am kinda bored. The viewer numbers are ridiculously low. That feature looks pretty dead. They should remove it and better get some decent Twitch integration.

QuoteWhat are your hopes for SteamOS this year?
I would like to have some streaming apps for Youtube, Twitch, Amazon Prime and Netflix. But I actually don't expect any big updates besides VR support.


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slaapliedje 19 January 2017 at 11:34 pm UTC
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Nice. I'm still betting that once Debian Stretch goes into it's deep freeze, SteamOS will be updated to that. And it's looking to be a fine release, with kernel 4.9 already in unstable, it will most likely make it into Stretch, and the thousands of other new things with it.

Sounds like they took the drivers from testing and backported it for SteamOS. I find it funny with all the doom and gloom about it, people don't understand there is a reason that Valve went with a Debian base over the Ubuntu one the rumors were all about. Debian is stable over many years, and Ubuntu rushes too hard to meet their release schedule. It was appealing back when Debian was stuck in a freeze for so long that their software ended up being ancient. That hasn't been the case the last few releases.
Philadelphus 19 January 2017 at 11:38 pm UTC
QuoteDebian 8.7
Wow, that was fast! That only came out, what, last Thursday or Friday?
Nyamiou 20 January 2017 at 12:17 am UTC
Alienware was suppose to release an AMD based Steam Machine at some point. I hope it come soon, it could help revive the project.
bubexel 20 January 2017 at 12:33 am UTC
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Updating drivers, and updating client vulkan loader. Well, it's ready to deploy vr to linux and steamOS.
g000h 20 January 2017 at 1:08 am UTC
Cool, I've just updated my Steam Client on Debian, and it's now a 19th Jan 2017 build. ( Under "Help" menu in "About" )


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Eike 20 January 2017 at 11:16 am UTC
slaapliedjeSounds like they took the drivers from testing and backported it for SteamOS.

... or are they using the Debian backports?
libgradev 20 January 2017 at 11:36 am UTC
operaGreat! I was waiting desperately for updated graphics driver. Now I can finally upgrade my SteamMachine graphics card to a Nvidia Gtx 1060. Hope it doesn't take too long until these updates get out of beta.

I've got a 1060GTX - they run fine. The driver required for it was added in an update months back...
neffo 20 January 2017 at 11:44 am UTC
bubexelUpdating drivers, and updating client vulkan loader. Well, it's ready to deploy vr to linux and steamOS.

Expect almost zero support for VR games on Linux for the short term. VR game sales mean they are not profitable yet, adding another OS to support makes zero sense financially.
Mike 20 January 2017 at 12:09 pm UTC
Steam Broadcasting and even more games please Valve
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