SteamOS 'Brewmaster' Preview Released

SteamOS 'Brewmaster' Preview Released

SteamOS 'Brewmaster' Preview Released

SteamOS 'Brewmaster' Preview Released


The Steam Universe is expanding. Again. Steam OS, which was unveiled in 2013, has gotten a new update. Meet SteamOS ‘Brewmaster’, the next release of Valve’s OS. This build is based on the latest stable release of Linux Debian.

Valve does warn you: this is a very early preview and release, and there have been limited compatibility and functional tests for hardware. Valve is releasing this build to get your feedback. They also state the following: ‘You should not install brewmaster on any machine containing data you are not prepared to lose completely.’ You can find some info about Brewmaster, alongside a FAQ below.


SteamOS 'Brewmaster' Preview Released


Brewmaster info and FAQ:

Known Issues

* Initial splash screen is black on hybrid graphics (both NVIDIA and Intel graphics) systems

* On the second boot of the installation process, AMD systems will display an "Oh No! Something has gone wrong" screen. Leave it alone and installation will continue normally.

* Desktop mode on AMD systems does not work, you will just get an "Oh No! Something has gone wrong" screen.


Q. Where can I download the brewmaster installer?

A. ISO (for legacy systems) ZIP (for UEFI systems)


Q. How do I install brewmaster?

A. See "How do I install SteamOS?" in the SteamOS FAQ. The process is the same for both brewmaster and alchemist releases.


Q. How do I upgrade alchemist to brewmaster?

A. Upgrade is currently not supported. We are investigating options here, but for now you will need to completely reinstall.


Q. How does this affect my existing SteamOS alchemist installation?

A. There is no change to alchemist support yet. For now, we will continue updating alchemist with the relevant security updates and Steam will continue to support alchemist. At some point we will drop support for alchemist and only support brewmaster.


Q. What version of the Linux kernel does brewmaster use?

A. The brewmaster kernel is based on the 3.18 LTS kernel with additional SteamOS patches. The kernel sources can be found in the steamos_kernel[github.com] repository.


Q. How do I give feedback or report bugs in brewmaster?

A. Please post on the SteamOS Discussion Forum, or file an issue in the SteamOS issue tracker[github.com].


Q. What kind of issues should I report?

A. We are especially interested in any regressions in hardware compatibility or Steam games. If it worked in alchemist and doesn't work in brewmaster, let us know!

Join the discussion on SteamOS Brewmaster on the OC3D Forums.

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