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Many New Gaming Consoles Introduced, Running GNU/Linux as Standard

Posted in GNU/Linux at 9:40 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: Steam Machines are transforming the way GNU/Linux is viewed among game developers

TECHRIGHTS has written several articles to highlight the big impact that Valve has had on GNU/Linux as a gaming platform. Now we see another major milestone. A lot of hardware companies, from chipsets [1-2] to integration, make a lot of so-called Steam Machines these days [3-8], which can be seen in this new gallery [9] and specifications overview [10]. Some high-end ones dual-boot with Windows [11] (SteamOS is based on Debian, not Ubuntu, due to legal reasons [12]).

Among the major competitors there’s Sony and Microsoft. Xbox One is faulty [13] and it’s losing to Sony [14] (which uses BSD); for general-purpose boxes that run GNU/Linux one can go for Steam Machines, which prove that 2014 will undoubtedly be an exciting year for GNU/Linux [15].

Related/contextual items from the news:

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  6. Valve Already Has A Dozen Steam Machine Partners

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  7. Valve announces over more than a dozen Linux-powered Steam gaming boxes
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  11. Digital Storm details its first Steam Machine: a hybrid Windows and SteamOS combo for $1,899

    Digital Storm was one of the first companies to reveal its Steam Machine — its own take on Valve’s formula for the perfect living room gaming PC. Today, the company’s getting the news out ahead of Valve’s announcement yet again, formally announcing that the new Digital Storm Bolt II will go on sale later this month for $1,899.

  12. SteamOS Didn’t Use Ubuntu Over Legal Issues

    Last month when SteamOS was publicly made available in beta form there were many surprised that Valve based their Linux distribution off Debian rather than Ubuntu, which they had been heavily promoting up to this point for Linux gaming. There was some speculation why Valve went with Debian, but Gabe Newell has now confirmed the reasoning for not basing their operating system off Ubuntu.

  13. Why You’re Better Off Exchanging a Faulty Xbox One Console In-Store

    An example of a buzz kill is waking up on Christmas morning to find an Xbox One sitting under the tree, only to later discover that it doesn’t work because of a disc drive malfunction. Gamers first started complaining about the issue in November, with several YouTube videos showing the disc drive making a grinding noise when popping in a game or movie. Now that more consoles have been opened up, the issue is again making headlines, and Microsoft’s response is the same.

  14. Why Sony’s PS4 Is Crushing Microsoft’s Xbox One In Sales So Far

    As we now know, Sony sold a massive 4.2M PS4s worldwide in 2013, which dwarfs Microsoft’s already impressive 3M number by quite a substantial sum. It’s particularly surprising given the fact that the console sales have been relatively close to date. Both systems sold 1M units within 24 hours of release. Microsoft hit 2M consoles sold about a week or so after Sony said they’d hit 2.1M. They were behind, but within striking distance.

  15. Linux Wins the Desktop in 2014 and 3 More Bold Predictions

    Linux won, the penguin has achieved world domination, and the usual commentarians completely missed it even after years of predicting it. Because it’s not something that happened in a single flashy event, but rather has been the product of years of hard work and steady improvement. 2014 is the year that Linux starts to win the desktop, which is the final Linux frontier. And it is the year of exponential growth in every arena.

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