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[Phoronix] SteamOS Now Officially Supports Intel & AMD GPUs

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SteamOS, Valve's Debian-based Linux gaming platform for Steam Machines and other living room PCs, now officially supports Intel HD Graphics and AMD graphics (via Catalyst).
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Other details of the latest SteamOS changes as of 8 Janaury can be found from this SteamCommunity.com page.
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Now they just need to increase the performance to be better than that of Windows 8.1 and I'll turn my current PC into lounge gaming Steam PC and use my 2nd media pc for general things.
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I wish there was Optimus support for this.
Might have to wait until Wayland replaces X, though.
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I wish there was Optimus support for this.
Might have to wait until Wayland replaces X, though.

 

Official Optimus support is highly unlikely because laptops aren't what Valve considers living room PCs. That said, any sufficiently determined user could probably install Bumbleebee and configure Steam games to use optirun/primusrun. As for Wayland, I understand why it's necessary, but I'm not looking forward to it. The level of existing or planned driver support (particularly of the proprietary variety) is looking grim, and all the games will have to be rewritten to take advantage of it, or run through XWayland (which causes a minor but noticeable performance hit).

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what about APU's iGPU drivers?

Pretty much suck eggs on Ubuntu...................
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Now all it needs is legacy support so I can test it on my LAN box tongue.gif
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Does it still require a UEFI bios?
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What I don't get about people here on the forum why is everyone so happy to switch I mean if you have already payed for windows then why would you switch because the main reason of Steam OS is to have an OS just for gaming therefore not having to pay for a windows license.
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Does it still require a UEFI bios?

Yes, but there are unofficial ways to get around that.
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What I don't get about people here on the forum why is everyone so happy to switch I mean if you have already payed for windows then why would you switch because the main reason of Steam OS is to have an OS just for gaming therefore not having to pay for a windows license.

What I don't get about people all over the internet is why people keep assuming this OS is supposed to be a Windows replacement. It's a gaming console OS for TV and couch gaming. There are many other Linux distrobutions that perform much better as a desktop OS and actually aim to be a Windows replacement.
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what about APU's iGPU drivers?

Pretty much suck eggs on Ubuntu...................

AMD is working on their Catalyst driver for Linux. Were you using that or the open source driver?
Edited by Ferrari8608 - 1/15/14 at 5:19pm
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What I don't get about people here on the forum why is everyone so happy to switch I mean if you have already payed for windows then why would you switch because the main reason of Steam OS is to have an OS just for gaming therefore not having to pay for a windows license.
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Windows is a PITA to install at times even with sysprep.
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