Now that the first Steam Machine prototypes have shipped out, Valve has released its Steam OS into the wild.
SteamOS is a fork (derivative) of Debian GNU/Linux. The first version (SteamOS 1.0) is called ‘alchemist’ and it is based on the Debian ‘wheezy’ (stable 7.1) distribution.
SteamOS is designed to run Steam and Steam games. It also provides a desktop mode which can run regular Linux applications. SteamOS currently provides a limited set of packages, but many Debian wheezy packages work fine on SteamOS, says Valve.
Steam OS can only run Linux games, so your Windows-only library is out. However, Valve is working on a system which will allow Windows games to be streamed from your Windows machine to the your Steam OS machine.
SteamOS Hardware Requirements:
- Intel or AMD 64-bit capable processor
- 4GB or more memory
- 500GB or larger disk
- NVIDIA graphics card (AMD and Intel graphics support coming soon)
- UEFI boot support
- USB port for installation