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    Default Valve Begins Landing SteamOS Changes In Steam Client

    Phoronix: Valve Begins Landing SteamOS Changes In Steam Client

    Valve has begun pushing Steam Big Picture changes for SteamOS into their public Steam client, but hidden behind a command-line argument...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTUxMDY

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    I guess Steam Big Picture will be the only User Interface accessible without hacks . . . i hoped it will be a fully usable computer but it's just another console.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kemosabe View Post
    I guess Steam Big Picture will be the only User Interface accessible without hacks . . . i hoped it will be a fully usable computer but it's just another console.
    Lets see how different the SteamOS stack will be from other distros. If it is pretty much the sabe, there would be no point in valve spending resources in building yet another linux distro. Advanced users can always install whatever distro they choose and benefit from the kernel, drivers and other advances provided by SteamOS for linux and click on "Big Picture" when they want the SteamOS experience. I don't see any problem with that.

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    Seriously, who thought SteamOS would be a full fledged Operating System compared to Windows or Fedora/Ubuntu etc.
    SteamOS is steam on top of GNU/Linux and nothing else. Maybe some more features, but that's about it.

    They never claimed anything else. It's for gaming, that's all.

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    For a fully usable computer, you install Steam client on your current OS, and not SteamOS, problem solved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vivo View Post
    For a fully usable computer, you install Steam client on your current OS, and not SteamOS, problem solved.
    The problem is not me. I build my pcs by myself. If VALVE would install KDE maybe with their steam-theme SteamOS and therefore Linux would become a serious alternative for Desktop Computing and Gaming.
    But the normal stupid user is not able to do something different than use the predefined system. Thus i really hope VALVE does install any Desktop Environment. There is really no need the reinvent the wheel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kemosabe View Post
    The problem is not me. I build my pcs by myself. If VALVE would install KDE maybe with their steam-theme SteamOS and therefore Linux would become a serious alternative for Desktop Computing and Gaming.
    But the normal stupid user is not able to do something different than use the predefined system. Thus i really hope VALVE does install any Desktop Environment. There is really no need the reinvent the wheel.
    I agree with you fully. I also build my own PCs and run Fedora with KDE. I hope Valve will produce a general computer/OS, optimised for gaming, and not just another console.
    What I think would be great for SteamOS is the following: Boot into Big Pic mode, offer system info/updates through it, but also have a button or something to take you to a normal Linux desktop environment Gnome/KDE/XFCE whatever allowing you to use the hardware as a general computer and install additional software. Then, when finished with the general tasks, click on an icon and it takes you back to Big Pic Mode.
    The reason to use Big Pic Mode as default, is because the OS is targeting the living room and the TV. But an option to choose the default will be awesome.

    On a second thought, all this can be achieved by using a desktop distro like Ubuntu, launch Steam client on boot, and slightly tweak the Steam client. Then rebrand the product, call it SteamOS, design a few logos and wallpapers and call it a day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kemosabe View Post
    If VALVE would install KDE maybe with their steam-theme SteamOS and therefore Linux would become a serious alternative for Desktop Computing and Gaming.
    SteamOS is not here to promote Linux. It's here to promote Steam. They're not interested in Desktop Computing. They are interested in selling video games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kemosabe View Post
    The problem is not me. I build my pcs by myself. If VALVE would install KDE maybe with their steam-theme SteamOS and therefore Linux would become a serious alternative for Desktop Computing and Gaming.
    But the normal stupid user is not able to do something different than use the predefined system. Thus i really hope VALVE does install any Desktop Environment. There is really no need the reinvent the wheel.
    I am pretty sure valve will not even have a display server installed on SteamOS, has SteamOS is intended to run one software in full screen and everything else is an overlay on top of it, so will most likely use the frame buffer for optimum performance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kemosabe View Post
    The problem is not me. I build my pcs by myself. If VALVE would install KDE maybe with their steam-theme SteamOS and therefore Linux would become a serious alternative for Desktop Computing and Gaming.
    But the normal stupid user is not able to do something different than use the predefined system. Thus i really hope VALVE does install any Desktop Environment. There is really no need the reinvent the wheel.
    The normal stupid user just wants a console.

    SteamOS will be PERFECT for that in special because it's NOT a regular Linux distro where you can use LibreOffice,etc.

    At 1st glance is disappointing but will save Valve from a lot of customer service problems with stupid users used to use a stupid console like PSx or XBOXxxx.


    Everyone else installs a regular distro that can have the Steam client and use it in Big Picture mode in the living room.


    All problems solved.

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