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  • Is it possible for a PC to only run steam and steam games and nothing else?
    SteamOS exists but may limit the games that could be played since it's a Linux based OS. Steam itself also has a web browser so no matter the way you do it have to research how or if you can disable that. There's also ways you could clamp windows down a lot but that's a lot of work. Source: 6 months ago
  • So about SteamOS and ChimeraOS...
    I'm a bit confused about SteamOS. Is this the offical version for desktop devices? If so, why do people use ChimeraOS if there is already an offical version of it? Or is it not complete. Source: 7 months ago
  • An L bois
    Closest you'll get is with SteamOS which can be run on a PC: Source: about 1 year ago
  • Install on Steam Deck?
    I know I could install Dungeondraft on my Steam Deck when running Windows, but is it possible to install Dungeondraft on my Steam Deck when in "Desktop Mode" of the SteamOS? I know Dungeondraft specifically says "Ubuntu" as one of the OSes it supports, but SteamOS is based on Debian Jessie. I've tried to research how much different Jessie is from Ubuntu, but I'm not having much luck. Source: about 1 year ago
  • Why do reviewers still say that the Steam Deck can't run Windows?
    It’s literally a Debian distro…. Source: about 1 year ago
  • MSFT is forcing Outlook and Teams to open links in Edge and IT admins are angry
    > Interestingly SteamOS is quite nice, but will it be something outside of gaming on a Steam Deck? Considering their website[1] still says it's Debian derived but they switched to Arch some time ago, I doubt it's in their plans to do more than enable their own hardware. [1]: - Source: Hacker News / about 1 year ago
  • aegsgrsgegsegsg
    He: Ok, let's get [Steamy](! Source: over 1 year ago
  • Anyone play on Linux via Steam Proton? Game not finding joystick, need advice
    If this computer is purely for gaming, Steam OS might be a good option. However I don't know how easy it is to run other gaming software on it like Lutris, if that's a requirement. Should be possible, just haven't tried it. Source: over 1 year ago
  • We can torpedo this myth now
    Most importantly, SteamOS only supports a certain set of hardware (you can read more in our FAQ). We will add support for newer hardware over time, but we have no plans to add more support for older hardware. Source: over 1 year ago
  • SteamOS, what version of linux does it use?
    Source: Source: over 1 year ago
  • What happened to the Intel Arc challenge?
    It's already released on the website, but this is the one that was on the steam machines so the desktop mode of the deck. Source: over 1 year ago
  • Fixed It
    I could have sworn it was Debian 8 Jessie. Guess Google hated me more than I thought. The only reason I thought the Aerosmith song was Jessie was that it gave me a did you mean Jessie when I typed Janie earlier today when I tried to link the song to someone. And when they didn't know what song I was talking about when I linked it they replied in a way that made me think that I was feeling the Mandala Effect. Source: over 1 year ago
  • Unpopular opinion?
    You can download and install SteamOS directly from Valve, here: Https:// Source: over 1 year ago
  • my diy steamdeck
    But I find it weird that steam still has debian listed on their website. Source: over 1 year ago
  • Anyone else feels like KDE needs a flagship distro where it gets center stage?
    Users should not consider SteamOS as a replacement for their desktop operating system. SteamOS is being designed and optimized for the living room experience. Source: over 1 year ago
  • Anyone try installing SteamOS? (Legit SteamOS not HoloISO)
    I haven't really been seeing people talking about this ( but it's saying its officially available. I ended up building a mini gaming pc and was deciding on which distro to use in the meantime when I stumbled on this. I cant seem to get the usb to show in my bios after following the instructions. Has anyone else tried this yet? Source: over 1 year ago
  • Ayaneo Geek2 versus Steam Deck ? Geekbench for Steam Deck ?
    Also, from the FAQ: Source: over 1 year ago
  • With the success of the Steam Deck do you think Steam Machine could have a comeback?
    Considering you can install SteamOS on your own rig, nope. Source: over 1 year ago
  • For those wondering! Yes! Save the world works perfectly fine on the Steam Deck!
    The SteamDeck comes with SteamOS which is just a custom Linux distribution, It's still possible to install Windows 10 on external storage or it's built in SSD to use that instead. Source: over 1 year ago
  • 8 years ago, Linux's creator Linus Torvalds said, "Valve will save the Linux Desktop". He was right all along.
    SteamOS has been out for almost a decade, since they started playing around with those steam consoles. SteamOS 3 (the version used on steam deck) isn't out, most as AFAIK it's currently hardware specific. Source: over 1 year ago
  • Steam OS on Pi 4?
    Is it possible to install Steam OS to a raspberry Pi 4? Link to Steam OS page: Source: almost 2 years ago

External sources with reviews and comparisons of SteamOS

9 Best Linux Gaming Distributions in 2021
SteamOS is not your usual desktop operating system. It is tailored for playing games via Steam on your machine. You may choose to run common Linux applications as well – but I’d suggest you to test it out only if you want to use Steam as your preferred platform for gaming.

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