Will you download SteamOS?

Today in Open Source: SteamOS will be released for download December 13. Plus: Steam Machines ship to beta testers, and photos from the Steam Machine production line

Will you download SteamOS?

Valve's SteamOS will be available for download tomorrow, according to Ars Technica.

Valve has revealed that its recently announced SteamOS will be available this Friday.

Valve is already warning that "unless you’re an intrepid Linux hacker already, we’re going to recommend that you wait until later in 2014 to try it out."

This suggests the version of the OS to be released this week may require some manual compiling and building to install on an existing machine or partition.

More at Ars Technica

Hmm. It sounds like it's not going to be ready for casual gamers to snag and install into their computers. There are two ways to look at this. You can consider it a disappointment or you can consider it a challenge.

I suspect that savvy Linux users will perceive this the way that a bull thinks of a red flag when it's waved in front of it. In other words, they will charge! Hey, why not right? It could be a lot of fun for distrohoppers and other Linux tinkerers to snag SteamOS and see what they can do with it.

Let me know in the comments if you'll be downloading SteamOS tomorrow. It should be interesting to see how many people will give it a shot on their systems.

Steam Machines ship Friday to beta testers

Speaking of Steam, the lucky 300 beta testers will get their Steam Machines shipped to them on Friday, according to Tom's Hardware.

Valve Software updated the Steam Universe group page with news that the studio will ship its Steam Machine prototypes to beta participants this Friday, December 13. The company has selected 300 eager gamers who will also test the company’s Steam Controller. All prototypes will come pre-installed with games that run natively on Valve’s Linux-based platform, SteamOS.

"The 300 selected beta testers are being notified today (at about 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time) that they’ll soon receive Steam hardware and SteamOS for testing," reads the blog. "Each selected user is also being awarded a special badge on their Steam Community profile, indicating that they’re a beta participant. In addition, a number of games that run natively on SteamOS are being added to each selected user’s library."

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Those 300 beta testers are like the kids who found the golden Wonka ticket in the chocolate bars! They have to be psyched to know their Steam Machines are on the way, and that Valve is adding SteamOS games to their user library.

What a great deal for being part of a beta test. They will be the envy of the entire Steam community until everybody can get their hands on a Steam Machine.

Steam Machine production line photos

Valve had some interesting images from the production line on the official announcement page about the beta Steam Machines being sent out.

The time has come! We are ready to begin shipping Steam Machines and Steam Controllers to the 300 selected beta participants. The machines are due to leave the factory on Friday!

Here are some photos from the production line.

More at Steam Community

What's your take on all this? Tell me in the comments below.

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