SteamOS is the First of Valve's Three Big Reveals

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PCWolf

Guess building a "Steam Rig" is not far from becoming a reality. If only steam could convince AMD & NVIDIA to release Linux Drivers at the same pace they release Windows Drivers. Unless Steam plans on making it's own Graphics GPUs & Drivers. Because without Updated Optimized Linux Drivers for the Steam OS, this will all be pointless.

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stinger608

I believe you are dead on the money. I also believe the graphics drivers will be the biggest hurtle to over come.

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Neufeldt2002

After reading the Promo page, I have to say I am very intrigued by what I am reading. AAA titles coming in 2014, Streaming from my computer to the living room, etc. I hope they pull it off.

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joeyjr

Wow, what a shame it came down to this. Instead of MS making the PC rule the gaming world and be able to play any game platfrom like Xbox or Soney Playstation on the computer. This is good news though but hopefuly this new OS will support any game, including xp only types. Otherwize we are left to running a VM. Anyway, keep up the good work Gabe. thanks.

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jbitzer

Guess they better be customizing WINE to run all the non linux games Steam sells or else really leaning heavy on Devs to make linux versions.

Sorry, the handful of Linux games available aren't really that compelling and I don't have time to figure out all the settings WINE seems to need to work.

WHOA, NM, just read about streaming, this is sweet!! I hope the Living room PC hardware requirements are small!!!

This rules.

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D00dlavy

God speed, Valve.

My only concern is driver performance for higher end cards on Linux. As I've understood, the Linux OS is fine but drivers on it are outdated and many of them suck.

I'm guessing any game integrated with GFWL won't be available on this OS, but that's a slight inconvenience, not a concern.

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AFDozerman

Linux driver quality depends on where you want to get the drivers from. AMD's open source implementations generally suck for anything other than single card single monitor setups, but the closed binaries are usually pretty good. I generally stick with closed source because I have multiple cards and multiple monitors. You really don't have a choice with Nvidia, as all of theirs are closed, but my experiences have been positive with NV on Linux. I have no clue about Intel.

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jbitzer

I thought the same thing, but basically, they are doing game streaming, hopefully the requirements are super low on the client machine, and you can stream from your gaming PC in another room.

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satrain18

Yeah, but that also means that you'll need a fiber internet connection. Oh, and people with bandwidth caps need not apply.

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Renegade Knight

Streaming from your PC to your TV should just use your own Network. No need to loop through the net and back.

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satrain18

My bad, but that still means you still need Windows on you gaming rig. So it's like Onlive, but on a fast LAN instead of a (comparably slow) internet connection.

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jbitzer

Not necessarily, I expect a lot more linux compatibility if this makes the market share bigger. Besides, Steam is on OSX and linux already, and who doesn't have Windows on their gaming machine?

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satrain18

...If you like to play just Valve and indie titles on Linux. Streaming from a Windows gaming PC in the den, family room, or home office to the bedroom is a kickass ideal, though.

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T0mmy1977

If it can run MSFT Office I'm in.

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EKRboi

LibreOffice is a free and extremely viable alternative to MSO and will read/write MSO formats.. IMO MSO has become horribly bloated over the last few releases. I use it in both my Linux installation and windows. It is also available for OSX though I have never used it on that platform.

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Bullwinkle J Moose

Any Crappy Microsoft products should run just fine

Simply run a virtual machine of Windows 7 or 8 on your Linux platform and then run office

After all, if Microsoft recommends that we all run VM's of XP for compatability, then they should start taking their own medicine with 7 and 8

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RipperXT

O.....M.....G

Personally, I'm very excited to see a gaming company in charge of an OS. The changes in Windows never has the gamer in mind.

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LatiosXT

"The changes in Windows never has the gamer in mind."

Because Microsoft's target audience isn't gamers? Just because Windows is the prime target for game development on PCs doesn't mean it's a "gaming OS". It's not. Most people who use Windows aren't gamers.

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joeyjr

I agree,thanks

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codo

This will make all other ways to game and use a tv obsolete. Just like they did with everything else they do.