Valve has officially announced its own operating system, which they are calling SteamOS. This is actually one of three announcements that Valve will be making this week. The big headline about SteamOS is that it will be completely free to you the consumer!
One of the Japanese companies called Systena announced the first Tizen-based tablet which is apparently the first Tizen product of any kind. The Tizen based operating system is basically a Web Kit runtime running on Linux Kernel and was build up with some important players like Intel, samsung and Linux foundation. Samsung has the license to the source developer kit (SDK) of Tizen 2.0. The device runs Tizen 2.0 Mangnolia operating system but is expected to get Tizen 2.1 at the time of launch for consumers.
The CompuLab and Linux Mint won’t dishearten on the front because they have just unveiled the MintBox 2 which is a big time improvement to their open source mini PC. It’s the second generation compressed desktop that runs Linux Mint out of the box. While the predecessor ran embedded chips like AMD E series ‘Zacate’ APUs, the latest version gets its hands on Intel Core i5 that is allegedly four times faster than the AMD T56 present in the MintBox Pro . We personally presume that Compulab might be using mobile dual-core variants, which is considered to be four times as fast as an E-series APU.
The announcement is short and sweet, and that’s all it needs to be. Linux gamers eager to play games from Valve and other developers natively can get on Steam now. The Steam for Linux beta client is now available to all Steam users, so if you’ve been patiently waiting for an invitation to join us, consider yourself officially invited! With a growing catalog of Linux-supported games, an active Steam for Linux community group, and a new GitHub bug reporting repository, the timing’s right to jump in and share your feedback.
Linux gaming isn’t something we here at ThinkComputers often cover, but when big things happen, we like to mention them! Yesterday, Desura, a digital distribution channel for video games, released a Linux version of its network client. It’s the culmination of months of hard work by Desura team and its beta testers.
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