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Last Update: 2019-09-29 15:52 UTC

SteamOS is a Debian-based Linux distribution designed to run Valve's Steam and Steam games. It also provides a desktop mode (GNOME) which can run regular Linux applications. In addition to a stable Debian base, SteamOS features various third-party drivers and updated graphics stack, a newer Linux kernel with long-term support, and a custom graphics compositor designed to provide a seamless transition between Steam, its games and the SteamOS system overlay. The base operating system is open-source software, but the Steam client is proprietary.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 89 (138), 6 months: 90 (138), 3 months: 89 (143), 4 weeks: 94 (147), 1 week: 84 (144)

Average visitor rating: 6.33/10 from 9 review(s).

SteamOS Summary
Distribution SteamOS
Home Page http://store.steampowered.com/steamos/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums http://steamcommunity.com/groups/steamuniverse/discussions/1/
Alternative User Forums
Documentation FAQInstallation Instructions
Screenshots --
Download Mirrors http://repo.steampowered.com/download/
Bug Tracker --
Related Websites Wikipedia
Reviews 1.0 Beta: Linux UserDedoimedoPC AuthorityTechgage
Where To Buy

Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases announcements with download links and checksums:
 • 2015-06-26: Development Release: SteamOS 2.0 Preview
 • 2015-01-15: Development Release: SteamOS 1.0 Beta Update 153
 • 2014-10-23: Development Release: SteamOS 1.0 Beta Update 145
 • 2014-05-09: Development Release: SteamOS 1.0 Beta Update 105
 • 2013-12-14: Development Release: SteamOS 1.0 Beta
 • More SteamOS releases...

 •2019-01-09 Linux well supported by popular games
 •2018-10-29 Over 2,600 Windows Steam games now run on Linux
 •2018-08-22 Steam to run Windows games on Linux
 • More SteamOS headlines...

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Feature 2.195 2.148 2.117
Release Date 2019-07-17 2018-01-23 2017-08-02
End Of Life      
Price (US$) Free Free Free
Image Size (MB) 1400-1500 1900-2000 1800-1900
Free Download ISO ISO ISO
Installation Text mode Text mode Text mode
Package Management DEB DEB DEB
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed
Office Suite -- -- --
Processor Architecture x86_64 x86_64 x86_64
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Full Package List 2.195 2.148 2.117
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Version: 2.148
Rating: 5
Date: 2019-01-28
Votes: 13

The UNIX philosophy has always been that you should do one thing, and do it well. This distribution gets half of that right, so let's call it a 5/10.

-- Has decently up-to-date video drivers for gaming
-- Steam preinstalled

-- Lots of other distributions have reasonable up-to-date video drivers and Steam preinstalled
-- Nothing else to recommend it

Overall it's just an unfortunate artifact of how Valve has sadly (but understandably) backed off from native Linux gaming.

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Version: 2.148
Rating: 9
Date: 2019-01-06
Votes: 7

This OS does what it sets out to do nearly flawlessly!!! Valve HAS been quietly continuing it's work on SteamOS and has updated the Nvidia AND Mesa drivers. I had superb performance and no hiccups what-so-ever. The only cons would be how old it's Debian 8 base is, meaning that you really can't do much on desktop mode.

All in all, an actual good OS that does provide a beautiful UI and gaming experience!

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Version: 2.121
Rating: 1
Date: 2017-11-12
Votes: 0

I cannot recommend this OS. The lack of regression fixes and other security access problems meant it was used for minutes before being uninstalled and Debian Buster/Sid used instead. As a gamer I need good software that is fixed as needed, not forgotten about or the fault pushed down the line to before Steam used the fork of Debian. Steam will only help if you are using pure Steamos or Ubuntu.

typical US spyware

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