Valve announces Linux-based Steam OS

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RockerC Offline
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Valve in now beginning to partially moving into XBMC arena with Steam Music native music player for their Steam OS and Steam Big Picture Mode

http://www.engadget.com/2014/02/03/steamos-steam-music/
Quote:SteamOS gets a native music player in Steam Music
BY Ben Gilbert February 3rd, 2014 at 6:04PM ET

[Image: steammusic_steamos_30pxhedimg.png]

SteamOS still isn't really in wide use, and it's very firmly still in beta. Heck, the latest version still carries the disclaimer, "don't install it on any machine you are not prepared to lose." With Steam Music, though, SteamOS is one step closer to being a multifunctional operating system: it takes your locally-stored music and makes it playable directly in the Steam UI. There's a version for Steam's Big Picture Mode as well, if you'd like to give it a shot on your non-Steam Machine gaming rig.

Valve says that random beta participants (culled from group members here) will get access soon, and a desktop version of the player is on the way as well. There's no ability to purchase music, nor can you pipe in music subscriptions/Google Play accounts -- we've asked if (and when) that's coming -- but it's a pretty major step toward offering multimedia functionality on the upcoming Steam Machines. Like every Valve initiative, Steam Music is an evolving one. The intro page says it all: "Our next steps for the feature will be influenced by your beta feedback."

More info:
http://www.geek.com/games/valve-announce...s-1583999/
http://www.tomshardware.com/news/steam-b...25939.html
http://www.slashgear.com/steam-music-giv...-04315630/
http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=ne...px=MTU5MDk
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In case anyone is interested there is a modified steamos installer for older/more hardware.

Quote:Ye Olde SteamOSe
a modified SteamOS installer, with support for older and virtualized computers
The future is here, but it's a bit new isn't it?
SteamOS is now shipping, in beta form at least, and it's all cool and stuff.

But what about those of us without a modern, UEFI-based computer spare?

Ye Olde SteamOSe is for you.

Improvements
SteamOS requires UEFI. Ye Olde SteamOSe works with UEFI or BIOS.
SteamOS requires a 2GB USB Stick to install. Ye Olde SteamOSe works from a DVD or a 1GB USB Stick.
SteamOS requires a real computer. Ye Olde SteamOSe has 3D acceleration on VMWare and Virtualbox, out of the box.
SteamOS says it needs 500GB of disk space, but that's a lie. Ye Olde SteamOSe requires the same amount of space as SteamOS really does - 40.5GB minimum (of that 10GB and any more available is for games).
SteamOS takes over your PC. Ye Olde SteamOSe supports dual-boot.
SteamOS only supports Realtek networking, or firmware-free networking. Ye Olde SteamOSe supports everything a modern Linux does, including WiFi.
SteamOS monopolizes drives. Ye Olde SteamOSe can resize NTFS partitions.
SteamOS only outputs to HDMI audio. Ye Olde SteamOSe supports almost any sound card with a couple of clicks.
SteamOS only supports basic partitions. Ye Olde SteamOSe supports LVM and software RAID.

http://directhex.github.io/steamos-installer/

Unfortunately I haven't been able to get it to install, there is a conflict with the cups package during install.

My Add-ons, only available for XBMC:
Steam Launcher|Music Party Mode|Reboot2oOS|Triple J Radio
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