SteamOS Updated With Linux Kernel 4.1, Now Ready For Launch
Tech and gaming giant Valve is getting ready to launch its much anticipated Steam Machine on November 10. As the launch date draws near, the developers are preparing the distribution of the operating system that will run on these machines.
Called, SteamOS, it is a Linux distribution based on Debian, and its makers are trying to push all the latest updates just in time for the release of the Steam Machine.
A SteamOS Beta was made available just last week. Now, all the packages have been migrated to a stable branch of the operating system. The biggest and most vital update the migration to the Linux kernel 4.1 LTS branch. This migration also brings in a few patches made by Valve.
According to the official announcement and change log, udebs from brewmaster is now being used rather than brewmaster_beta. In addition, support has been added for multiple overlay planes, on-screen keyboard issues have been resolved, and several keyboard and mice that were showing up as joysticks have been blacklisted.
For those unaware Steam Machine are highly optimized gaming PCs that act as ‘consoles’, and are able to run Steam games. Unlike conventional gaming consoles though, Steam Machines come in a variety of different shapes and sizes, with more than one manufacturer making their own version.
Check out the official Steam Machine page to learn more about them.