Report: Valve Planning to Make SteamOS 2.0 the Official Distro?
It appears like Valve is planning to go with SteamOS v.2.0 as the official version supported by the company which will also be available with the upcoming Steam Machines.
Previously, it has been confirmed by Valve that it had no intentions to go with Debian 8 ‘Jessie’. However, Valve now has a branch of OS which is running on the said distro despite the fact that SteamOS is still based on Debian 7.
Another thing to note here is that SteamOS 2.0 has been receiving continuous support from Valve which might mean that it is getting ready to launch somewhere down the road.
While the company has yet to come forward with an official statement, the new Valve FAQ has been updated which reads that SteamOS 2.0 is a stable version and may launch alongside Steam Machines:
SteamOS is a fork (derivative) of Debian [www.debian.org] GNU/Linux. The current version (SteamOS 2.0) is called ‘BrewMaster’ and it is based on the Debian ‘Jessie’ (stable 8.x) distribution. The major changes made in SteamOS are added various third-party drivers and updated graphics stack, updated kernel tracking the 3.18 longterm branch, custom graphics compositor designed to provide a seamless transition between Steam, its games and the SteamOS system overlay, and configured to auto-update from the Valve SteamOS repositories.
Another thing that reinforces the entire thing is the fact that Debian 7 no longer has a sticky thread in the forum. However, we would ask you to take this with a grain of salt until Valve comes forth with an official statement.
What is your take on this? Are you satisfied with SteamOS or should SteamOS 2.0 be finalized already? Let us know in the comments section below!
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