Valve's SteamOS will not be based on Ubuntu

Today in Open Source: SteamOS will not be based on Ubuntu. Plus: Metro Last Light out for Linux, and the Tuxmachines site has been sold

SteamOS Not Based On Ubuntu

Past reports seemed to indicate that SteamOS would be based on Ubuntu. That does not appear to be the case according to Engadget.

As promised, the OS is built on Linux (not based on Ubuntu, we're told, but entirely custom), though you'd never know it as the only interactive layer is all Steam.

The operating system, however, is another story entirely. Without even base level support for media playback, streaming options (Netflix, Hulu, etc.), and a relatively limited list of games supported natively, it's very clearly early days for SteamOS (Valve says it's in active talks with streaming companies, and working with a variety of developers to develop their games for SteamOS).

More at EngadgetHat Tip: Softpedia

The blurb I included above is the sole mention of Ubuntu in the article. The rest focuses on the Steam Machine prototype and is worth reading if you want to know more about it.

Still, it's quite interesting that Valve is not using Ubuntu for SteamOS. It probably makes good sense though to not tie the destiny of SteamOS to the Ubuntu distribution. A custom-made distro gives Valve much more control over the performance and configuration options of SteamOS.

Metro Last Light Available for Steam On Linux

Speaking of Steam, Metro Last Light is now available for Linux gamers.

It Is the Year 2034. Beneath the ruins of post-apocalyptic Moscow, in the tunnels of the Metro, the remnants of mankind are besieged by deadly threats from outside – and within. Mutants stalk the catacombs beneath the desolate surface, and hunt amidst the poisoned skies above.

More at SteamHat Tip: Phoronix

Brrrrrr! Scary looking game! Looks amazing in terms of graphics, but it's definitely not my cup of tea. I prefer games that are a bit more upbeat. But it's great that it is now available for Linux gamers.

Tuxmachines Site Sold

Foss Force is reporting that the Tuxmachines site has been sold. Here it is in case you missed it last month.

One of the most popular Linux sites,, announced on October 28th that it has been tentatively sold for $1,000.

When Ms. Linton, who has also been involved with DistroWatch, started Tuxmachines it quickly grew to be an important destination on news about Linux and other open source projects.

More at Foss Force

It's sad that the site is changing hands, but hopefully the new owner will keep it going for a long, long time.

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