Valve has released the beta version of its Linux-based operating system, SteamOS. It’s release comes alongside the launch of Valve’s Steam Machine hardware beta which will see machines sent out to 300 testers this week.
The SteamOS beta is for “intrepid Linux hackers,” Valve’s Greg Coomer states on the company’s website. “At this point the OS itself is not yet a finished product for a non-technical user.”
“SteamOS Beta is an early, first-look public release of our Linux-based operating system,” Valve wrote on the operating system’s website, in part. “The base system draws from Debian 7, code named Debian Wheezy. Our work builds on top of the solid Debian core and optimizes it for a living room experience. Most of all, it is an open Linux platform that leaves you in full control. You can take charge of your system and install new software or content as you want.”
Valve has also published a FAQ on SteamOS which details the required system specifications, how to install and what the operating system is capable of.