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SteamOS beta now supports non-UEFI systems and dual-booting

By Jos
Jan 22, 2014
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  1. A new version of Valve’s SteamOS beta has hit the web. The latest release potentially broadens the pool of testers for the living room-friendly operating system by adding support for older, non-UEFI systems and dual booting, although the company still...

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  2. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,310   +56

    This is super. I bet Techspot got this for us.
     
  3. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Posts: 1,160   +198

    Anyone enlighten me on why UEFI bios is becoming a compatibility issue with non UEFI bios?

    I thought Bios settings were bios settings regardless of the input method?
     
  4. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,558   +2,900

    Unified Extensible Firmware Interface
    Without UEFI, SteamOS will need to interface differently with the system Firmware.

    Edit:
    I was confused as well, which is why I looked up wiki to see what they had to say.
     
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  5. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,920   +627

    Still pointless, AFAIK there is no way to stream games yet, and there's 'nothing' native to Linux yet. Unless you want to tinker, stick with WIndows.
     
  6. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,558   +2,900

    I'm gonna wait a bit longer before I decide to drown myself in an unknown OS. I am definitely anxious about the potential SteamOS has to offer. Only time will tell, if Valve makes that milestone.
     
  7. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,920   +627

    That milestone for me is:
    • 80%+ of the controller-based games I want to play available natively
    • Ability to use just a controller for the entire OS would be nice.
    • Native controller support for Xbox 360 pad, PS4/Xbone controllers.
    • Ability to easily have media playback options: video/audio codecs play fine.
    It's got a long way to go.
     
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  8. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,212   +174

    UEFI was a standard agreed upon about 6+ years ago. Most motherboards are already running it. But I think a few hold-outs, like Gigabyte, didn't support it until 2011. For the most part, I think this allows beta testers to install on those older first generation Intel Core processors.

    UEFI is all around better than the old 16-bit BIOS. You want it for faster boots, improved integration with your OS, support for larger hard drives and memory, and pre-OS executable applications.

    But, as for compatibility issues, mostly that's found under a Windows 8 dual boot box where people are running UEFI in secure mode. The secure mode requires a digitally signed OS and helps against malware attacks. This made issues for GRUB 2 since it's open source and not digitally signed.
     
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  9. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,558   +2,900

    This is what Linus Torvalds was complaining about last year.

    Torvalds clarifies Linux's Windows 8 Secure Boot position
    I had forgotten all about that, until you mentioned it again.
     
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  10. penn919

    penn919 TS Booster Posts: 179   +19

    Streaming is at least somewhat functional. It has to be enabled somehow, but the code for streaming capability is already baked in. Proof:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5b6xsA2oxtw
     
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