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jvert Feb 10, 2014 @ 2:11pm
SteamOS 2/10/2014 alchemist_beta update
We have just updated the alchemist_beta. Changes include
  • Add additional packages to the repo to support gdb, NFS, and creating an alchemist chroot
  • Preinstall all the firmware packages to enable supporting more wireless network adapters
  • Added steamos-updatelevel dummy package; its version is guaranteed to increase with every new update
  • Updated e2fsprogs, iptables, libdrm, debootstrap, initramfs-tools, curl, libav, eglibc to incorporate upstream Debian fixes
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Unyieldingly Feb 10, 2014 @ 2:15pm 
So how about giving AMD a poke and getting us some better drivers ;)
Sua Mãe Feb 10, 2014 @ 2:43pm 
Unfortunaly AMD is the worst GPU for Linux gaming :'( . If AMD don't increase performance 65% I will sell my AMD GPU and buy a nVidia GPU
drmayhemphd Feb 10, 2014 @ 3:32pm 
Originally posted by jvert:
  • Added steamos-updatelevel dummy package; its version is guaranteed to increase with every new update

Awesome, being able to dpkg -s steamos-updatelevel is useful (and cool). Is there a changelog somewhere we can compare the updatelevel info to? I checked the github page and didn't see one. Thanks!
dubigrasu Feb 10, 2014 @ 3:41pm 
So where is the latest AMD beta driver?
The driver is out for a while now and incorporates a bunch of fixes including some specifically for SteamOS.
Last time AMD released a beta driver it was immediately included in repositories, but now, silence.

So what is going on?
BrLoKy Feb 10, 2014 @ 3:42pm 
Originally posted by TIK Unicum Exterminans:
Unfortunaly AMD is the worst GPU for Linux gaming :'( . If AMD don't increase performance 65% I will sell my AMD GPU and buy a nVidia GPU
dont do that... AMD is really good not at linux but wait if u have a MANTLE GPU capable dont sell it
BrLoKy Feb 10, 2014 @ 3:43pm 
Originally posted by dubigrasu:
So where is the latest AMD beta driver?
The driver is out for a while now and incorporates a bunch of fixes including some specifically for SteamOS.
Last time AMD released a beta driver it was immediately included in repositories, but now, silence.

So what is going on?
agreed with you maybe we can try install and see whats happen??
Movian Feb 10, 2014 @ 3:56pm 
How do we setup our SteamOS system to update from the alchemist_beta (If possible)? I did a custom install from the ISO
drmayhemphd Feb 10, 2014 @ 4:07pm 
Originally posted by Movian:
How do we setup our SteamOS system to update from the alchemist_beta (If possible)? I did a custom install from the ISO

Install the steamos-beta-repo package:

sudo apt-get install steamos-beta-repo

Alternatively, you could change alchemist to alchemist_beta in sources.list.

Source:
opting into alchemist_beta
Last edited by drmayhemphd; Feb 10, 2014 @ 4:15pm
dubigrasu Feb 10, 2014 @ 4:20pm 
Originally posted by "BRLOK":
Originally posted by dubigrasu:
So where is the latest AMD beta driver?
The driver is out for a while now and incorporates a bunch of fixes including some specifically for SteamOS.
Last time AMD released a beta driver it was immediately included in repositories, but now, silence.

So what is going on?
agreed with you maybe we can try install and see whats happen??

What I mean is that I am puzzled by its absence from official SteamOS repositories.
AMD drivers are...what they are, and we can use every single bit of updates we can get from AMD.

So how come that after all this time of waiting, a driver is out (with fixes for SteamOS no less) and it seems to be ignored by SteamOS devs ?
There must be a reason for this delay, but which one?
Last edited by dubigrasu; Feb 10, 2014 @ 4:22pm
pnarciso Feb 10, 2014 @ 4:29pm 
Nvidia drivers are also outdated. The OS is progressing in a very slow pace. This update is not that exciting and doesnt fix existing issues, it only updates a few files from debian upstream.
jvert Feb 10, 2014 @ 5:08pm 
Originally posted by drmayhemphd:
Originally posted by jvert:
  • Added steamos-updatelevel dummy package; its version is guaranteed to increase with every new update

Awesome, being able to dpkg -s steamos-updatelevel is useful (and cool). Is there a changelog somewhere we can compare the updatelevel info to? I checked the github page and didn't see one. Thanks!

How about if we post the updatelevel along with the announcement here? (today was 83)
drmayhemphd Feb 10, 2014 @ 5:14pm 
Originally posted by jvert:
How about if we post the updatelevel along with the announcement here? (today was 83)

Thanks! I imagine you'll appreciate if we include it in our future bug reports.
DocPainkiller Feb 10, 2014 @ 11:17pm 
Guys, what about preinstalled WineHQ in SteamOS? We need more solutions for windows game catalog. Streaming it's not enough. Thanks for your great work ;)
XÆЯO_Vince Feb 10, 2014 @ 11:54pm 
Jvert, did Mesa 10.0.3 make it in the update? It has some bug fixes for the OpenGL stack.
blackout24 Feb 11, 2014 @ 12:26am 
Originally posted by pnarciso:
Nvidia drivers are also outdated. The OS is progressing in a very slow pace. This update is not that exciting and doesnt fix existing issues, it only updates a few files from debian upstream.

You mean the beta driver? I think that makes no sense for SteamOS. It's not like NVIDIA drivers are in a horrible state where you desperately need the very latest one. Not even Arch Linux ships beta packages in it's repositories.
Last edited by blackout24; Feb 11, 2014 @ 12:38am
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