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#1 Snake89

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Posted 14 December 2013 - 01:21

Here's the offical download link.

 

http://store.steampo...eamos/download/




#2 JJ_

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Posted 14 December 2013 - 01:27

http://repo.steampow.../SYSRESTORE.zip You need a Nvidia gfx card to install it

 

Looks like the download server is getting hammered
 

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#3 spy beef

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Posted 14 December 2013 - 01:35

what is this?



#4 PGHammer

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Posted 14 December 2013 - 01:36

http://repo.steampow.../SYSRESTORE.zip You need a Nvidia gfx card to install it

 

Looks like the download server is getting hammered
 

Since it's based on Debian Wheezy, any VME (virtual machine environment) that supports Debian Wheezy should at least be able to run it (Oracle VB, vmWare, Hyper-V).  Also, it extracts to a USB stick (4 GB and larger) - I'm extracting to an 8 GB stick as I type this.

 

I know that there ARE nV GPU drivers for Wheezy - I would think the same would be true on the AMD side.  (It was certainly true before I migrated from AMD to nVidia - they pulled driver support for Wheezy within the past six months?  IMprobable.)

 

The real question is exactly what is the minimum partition this OS needs?



#5 kurupy

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Posted 14 December 2013 - 01:38

Steam OS FAQ

 

http://steamcommunit...14395741989999/



#6 JJ_

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Posted 14 December 2013 - 01:45

Torrent link if anyone wants avoid the overloaded http server

 

Q: How do I install SteamOS?
There are two different install methods for SteamOS. '''WARNING: BOTH METHODS WILL ERASE EVERYTHING ON THE MACHINE'''

The easiest method is an image-based install using CloneZilla. You will need to create a SteamOS System Restore USB stick to perform this install. The image provided here requires at least a 1TB disk.
  • Format a 4GB or larger USB stick with the FAT32 filesystem. Use "SYSRESTORE" as the partition name
  • Unzip the contents of SYSRESTORE.zip to this USB stick to create the System Restore USB stick
  • Put the System Restore USB stick in your target machine. Boot your machine and tell the BIOS to boot off the stick. (usually something like F8, F11 or F12 will bring up the BIOS boot menu).
  • Make sure you select the UEFI entry, it may look something like "UEFI: Patriot Memory PMAP"
  • Select "Restore Entire Disk" from the GRUB menu.
  • System Restore will proceed automatically. When it is complete it will reboot into your freshly re-imaged SteamOS
The second method is based on the Debian Installer. It requires multiple configuration steps:
  • Unzip the SteamOSInstaller.zip file to a blank, FAT32-formatted USB stick.
  • Put the USB stick in your target machine. Boot your machine and tell the BIOS to boot off the stick. (usually something like F8, F11, or F12 will bring up the BIOS boot menu).
  • Make sure you select the UEFI entry, it may look something like "UEFI: Patriot Memory PMAP"
  • Pick "Automated Install" from the next menu.
  • The rest of the installation is unattended and will repartition the drive and install SteamOS.
  • After installation is complete, log onto the resulting system (using the Gnome session) with the predefined "steam" account. The password is "steam". Run steam, accept the EULA, and let it bootstrap. Logoff the steam account
  • Log on with the "desktop" account. The password is "desktop"
  • From a terminal window, run ~/post_logon.sh. This will prompt for a password - enter "desktop". This script will perform the post-install customizations, delete itself, then reboot into the recovery partition capture utility.
  • Confirm "y" to continue and the recovery partition will be created. When it is finished, reboot into your freshly installed SteamOS

 



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Posted 14 December 2013 - 01:51

I would give it half a year before flopping.


Edited by _Alexander, 14 December 2013 - 08:16.


#8 JJ_

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Posted 14 December 2013 - 01:56

Come on Alexander give it a chance, this isn't Windows 8



#9 yowanvista

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Posted 14 December 2013 - 02:01

Too bad it doesn't yet offer a fully fledged installer nor bios support.



#10 vcfan

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Posted 14 December 2013 - 02:19

is it available on floppies?

#11 kaotic

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Posted 14 December 2013 - 02:20

Come on Alexander give it a chance, this isn't Windows 8

 

It's worse.



#12 Sadelwo

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Posted 14 December 2013 - 02:32

So it is a Debian based distro. All kinds of good can come from this. Once Valve gets its Intel and AMD drivers up that should be minimal work for Base Debian, Ubuntu, Elementry etc to get optimized support. Even if Steam OS isn't a hit with the masses, having Valve coerce other companies to invest in Linux will only benefit the consumer in the end. Regular driver updates and the Steam touch controller to be for  Linux as the Xbox 360 controller is for Windows. This will be exciting.



#13 Grinch

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Posted 14 December 2013 - 02:35

http://steamcommunit...14395803871238/ -- This may be useful for some to try without UEFI computers. I'll try it myself later on this evening.



#14 PGHammer

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Posted 14 December 2013 - 05:11

http://steamcommunit...14395803871238/ -- This may be useful for some to try without UEFI computers. I'll try it myself later on this evening.

Actually, I'm looking at the Debian/side-by-side method (using either Debian-unstable or, better yet, Debian-wheezy, as a strapper, and do a side-by-side in a VM).

 

I'm waiting to see if any brave soul tried a network install directly from the SteamOS repos - if doable, then any apropos Debian net-install method should work.  (I see no reason why it should NOT work, if the OS is itself standard Debian wheezy.)



#15 trooper11

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Posted 14 December 2013 - 05:30

Well I'm looking forward to see what the OS looks like for the end user. Maybe someone can do a video walkthrough of what it will be like.