New SteamOS beta ISO offers support for BIOS-based PCs and more

Valve released the first beta version of its Linux-based SteamOS over a month ago, but gave plenty of warnings that this first build was for the highly advanced PC owner and not for the timid. This week, the developer released a new version that gets it a bit closer to the normal PC user.

While the first version could only be installed on PCs that had UEFI as their boot option, this new ISO build now supports installing SteamOS on BIOS-based computers. That should help expand the use of the OS and give Valve some extra information on how the operating system runs on much older PCs.

In addition, the new SteamOS beta offers up custom partitions and dual-booting in "Expert Install" mode, along with a way to burn the software on a DVD in case users need a recovery media disc. Even with all of these new features, Valve says that this build has not been tested that much, especially with the dual-boot options. It states, " ... don't install it on any machine you are not prepared to lose."

Valve is working with 14 third party PC makers to release Steam Machine PCs with SteamOS installed later in 2014. One of them, Alienware, has already said its model will be out sometime in September.

Source: Valve via PC Percpective | Image via Valve

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I see they've ported some of the changes made in Ye Olde SteamOSe. However, I'll still recommend using Ye Olde SteamOSe to install SteamOS.

If I were Microsoft I would work with EA Origin and others to bring those as apps to XB1. then Steam will be forced to do that app too then everyone can play their PC game Library on Xbox

trojan_market said,
If I were Microsoft I would work with EA Origin and others to bring those as apps to XB1. then Steam will be forced to do that app too then everyone can play their PC game Library on Xbox

Yea lets bring the minority services (Origin, Uplay..etc) that everyone hates to a console that is seemingly not well liked either. That'll show evil Steam who's boss.

SK[ said,]

I stopped reading at this point


I personally have both steam and origin but my steam library is enormously larger. all my point is to force steam get their heads out of their ****ing asses and see where are their supporters and users are. If they can make them work and bring steam client on XBOX I will personally close my origin account. all of them are bunch of selfish ******* not just EA.

SharpGreen said,

Yea lets bring the minority services (Origin, Uplay..etc) that everyone hates to a console that is seemingly not well liked either. That'll show evil Steam who's boss.

I think you are mixing two things. first of all Steam OS is not Steam Client on PC because every one including me love steam client on PC. Steam OS is a crazy idea of bringing game console out of tried and failed Linux platform (less than 1% of steam users are Linux users which they are probably developers not users) Steam OS might work out or not as opposed to already established XBOX gaming console that many people love. (you like it or not) so get your facts right

For the testers:
http://repo.steampowered.com/download/SteamOSDVD.iso
Differences with YOSO:
•Valve has removed a pointless second copy of the package manifest. Good, we only ever kept it because Valve did
•Valve doesn't include the package contents manifests. These aren't useful for 99% of people anyway
•Valve doesn't include all the firmware ever. In Ye Olde SteamOSe, we added every bit of device firmware possibly used by end users. Valve does not include all of them (they already included a couple, e.g. for Realtek networking)
•Valve has rolled in some recent Debian security updates, e.g. to apt-get and curl
•Valve includes all the 32-bit stuff there is. In Ye Olde SteamOSe, we strip out most 32-bit packages which are not used. Valve includes them all, so has a bigger ISO
•Valve includes the 32-bit version of the installer - no 32-bit kernel though, so not usable on 32-bit-only computers.
•Valve does not include support for LVM or mdraid
•Valve includes an installer which runs from Windows. I don't know what functionality it allows or prevents compared to booting the installer directly
•Valve doesn't contain Ye Olde SteamOSe's audio hacks - it still only works properly on Brix or Prototype
•Valve has killed the old "expert" mode - Ye Olde SteamOSe's "Power User" mode is included instead, relabelled as Expert. YOS still includes both Power User and the old-style Expert modes
•Valve doesn't allow NTFS resizing ( https://github.com/ValveSoftware/SteamOS/issues/88 )
•Valve doesn't include VirtualBox guest additions. But no big loss, given VirtualBox is ****.
The headline features pulled in by Valve are:
•Non-EFI support
•DVD install support
•Partitioner in Power User/Expert mode
•Dual boot in Power User/Expert mode
•Supports recovery etc if you use a custom layout as long as it's still Valve-ish enough

Boo Berry said,
SteamOS runs like crap in VirtualBox - use VMware.
Didn't know that. If it's just a driver issue or something hopefully Oracle can fix it soon.

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