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.
- 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.
- Clean up audio support to remove unmute step.
Latest release: Release4 (2014-01-08u1) (released 2014-01-12)
To get started, download the torrent above.
Otherwise, clone this repo, and run gen.sh.
Installing from a DVD
Just burn the ISO to a blank DVD from your favourite tool, and boot it.
Installing from USB (Mac)
Open a Terminal window from the Utilities section of Applications.
Type "diskutil list" to get a list of devices - one of them will be your USB stick (e.g. /dev/disk2). Follow the Linux instructions below, with this /dev/diskX entry instead of /dev/sdX
Installing from USB (Linux)
As root (e.g. use "sudo") run "dd bs=1M if=/path/to/yeolde.iso of=/dev/sdX" - sdX should be the USB stick device (check "dmesg" immediately after plugging it in, you should see the device. Be sure to use sdX, not sdX1 or sdX2. Then boot into the stick.
Installing from USB (Windows)
Download Win32 Disk Imager and use it to copy the .iso to your USB stick (1GB minimum size).
Once the installer is up...
Pick the "Automatic Install" option to wipe the first hard disk in your system and install SteamOS to it.
For more sophisticated booting - e.g. dual-boot or custom partition sizes - select the "Expert" or "Power User" options - thse are documented on the Wiki.
Beyond that, just follow Valve's instructions from their site - Ye Olde SteamOSe should behave exactly like the real SteamOS, except it works on more systems
- 3D support is broken in Big Picture Mode itself and in 32-bit games in VirtualBox. This is a flaw in the Debian packaging of the VirtualBox guest drivers.
- Sound card selection, volume levels, etc, must be set with pavucontrol, not the GNOME volume slider.
Test it and report back to #steamos on Freenode
- Rebase against Valve 2014-01-08 release
- Added support for Logical Volume Management (disables recovery partition if used for /, /boot/recovery, or swap)
- Added support for md software RAID (disables recovery partition if used for /, /boot/recovery, or swap; may also support FakeRAID but untested!)
2013-12-19 beta 2
- Fixed regression in audio between first and second releases (added steam and desktop users to pulse-access group)
- Modified Pulse config to not force a specific sound card, and to restore card volume on boot
- Shipped a replacement debootstrap, which will not fail at random on users' systems when generating their own image
- Included all non-Free firmware from Debian Wheezy
- Added ntfsprogs-udeb to allow NTFS resizing in the installer
- Deleted unneeded 32-bit installer files, freeing about 300MB from the image size
- Include pavucontrol in the installaton
2013-12-19 beta 1
- Added "Power User" mode, with dual-boot support
- Major Github layout changes
- Rebased against 2013-12-19 Valve release (newer packages including Mesa 10)
- Fixed crasher in recovery partition stuff on some drivers (e.g. VMware)
1.0 beta 1 alpha 1
- First release
- Added virtualbox guest drivers
- Added GRUB BIOS packages
- Added patched VMware driver with 3D support
- Made an Isohybrid installer with BIOS support (ISOLINUX files from Wheezy installer)
Michael Waltz (ecliptik) for his continued contributions.
Anonymized benefactors for their sponsorship (~400 day VMware key; £60; 1 month reddit Gold; Shoot Many Robots game).
Various Valve engineers for their help.