AN OS FULLY DESIGNED FOR GAMERSSteamOS is a Debian GNU/Linux-based operating system in development by Valve Corporation designed to be the primary operating system for the Steam Machine game consoles.And it is designed primarily for playing video games. Users will be able to stream games from their Windows or Mac computers to one running SteamOS, and it will incorporate the same family sharing and restrictions as Steam on the desktop. Valve claims that it has "achieved significant performance increases in graphics processing" through SteamOS. The operating system is open source allowing anyone to build on or adapt the source code.
Since SteamOS is designed for playing games it does not have many built-in functions beyond web browsing and playing games; for example there is no file manager or image viewer installed by default. Users can, however, install other software by using the inbuilt GNOME desktop environment. Though the OS does not, in its current form, support streaming services, Valve is in talks with streaming companies to bring the feature to SteamOS. The OS does not currently support AMD or Intel graphics cards and so requires an Nvidia one.
What are the SteamOS Hardware Requirements?
Processor: Intel or AMD 64-bit capable processor
Memory: 4GB or more RAM
Hard Drive: 500GB or larger disk
Video Card: NVIDIA graphics card
(AMD and Intel graphics support coming soon!)
Additional: UEFI boot support
USB port for installation
The next question will be how you can install it in your computer Right . there are two methods for installation, but both will erase entire your hard disk ,so you have to take care aboout that,
You will need to create a SteamOS System Restore USB stick to perform this install. The image provided here requires at least a 1TB disk.
1.Download the default SteamOS beta installation(http://store.steampowered.com/steamos/download/?ver=default)
2.Format a 4GB or larger USB stick with the FAT32 filesystem. Use "SYSRESTORE" as the partition name.
3.Unzip the contents of SYSRESTORE.zip to this USB stick to create the System Restore USB stick.
4.Put the System Restore USB stick in your target machine. Boot your machine and tell the BIOS to boot off the stick. (usually something like F8, F11 or F12 will bring up the BIOS boot menu).
5.Make sure you select the UEFI entry, it may look something like "UEFI: Patriot Memory PMAP". If there is no UEFI entry, you may need to enable UEFI support in your BIOS setup.
6.Select "Restore Entire Disk" from the GRUB menu.
7.When it is complete it will shutdown. Power on the machine to boot into your freshly re-imaged SteamOS.
The second method is based on the Debian Installer. It requires multiple configuration steps:
1.Download the custom SteamOS beta installation(http://store.steampowered.com/steamos/download/?ver=default)
2.Unzip the SteamOS.zip file to a blank, FAT32-formatted USB stick.
3.Put the USB stick in your target machine. Boot your machine and tell the BIOS to boot off the stick. (usually something like F8, F11, or F12 will bring up the BIOS boot menu).
4.Make sure you select the UEFI entry, it may look something like "UEFI: Patriot Memory PMAP". If there is no UEFI entry, you may need to enable UEFI support in your BIOS setup.
5.Selected "Automated install" from the menu.
6.The rest of the installation is unattended and will repartition the drive and install SteamOS.
7.After installation is complete, log onto the resulting system (using the Gnome session) with the predefined "steam" account. The password is "steam". Run steam, accept the EULA, and let it bootstrap. Logoff the steam account.
8.Log on with the "desktop" account. The password is "desktop".
9.From a terminal window, run ~/post_logon.sh. This will prompt for a password - enter "desktop". This script will perform the post-install customizations, delete itself, then reboot into the recovery partition capture utility.
10.Confirm "y" to continue and the recovery partition will be created. When it is finished, reboot into your freshly installed SteamOS.
Now you can start,you are powered with steam, YOUR WAR BEGINS HERE
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