With all the advertising for Xbox and PlayStation game consoles this holiday season, it might be easy to overlook a relative newcomer to the home game console: the Steam Machine, which runs SteamOS, an open source operating system based on Linux.
Executives at Valve have been vocal about their disappointment with Microsoft’s (closed) Windows 8 operating system as it pertains to gamers, suggesting that open source is the better way to go. With this latest move, the company appears to be backing up their words—SteamOS can be downloaded (960MBs) for free. What this means is that anyone that wishes to do so, can download the OS and begin writing games for Steam Machines. And that’s not all, Steam Machines won’t be proprietary either—the company has made specs for the console available to anyone that wants them—also free of charge. The idea, the company says, is to get the gaming industry to move away from proprietary systems to those based on open source software.
Read more at: Phys.org