Linux News Today: SteamOS 2.64 Released with Vulkan-Powered Nvidia Driver, Debian 8.3 Updates
It would appear that Valve has pushed the 2.64 build of its Debian-based SteamOS gaming-oriented operating system to the stable channel, after being in Beta for the last few weeks or so.
The stable SteamOS 2.64 update includes mostly the same improvements that we reported on two weeks ago, when the build was pushed by Valve’s engineers to the brewmaster_beta channel for public testing, such as the updated Nvidia video driver, version 355.00.28, with support for the new Vulkan API.
SteamOS 2.64 also comes with improved support for Sony’s DualShock 3 controllers by updating the BlueZ packages, updated installers, and all the upstream security patches, software updates, and bugfixes from the Debian GNU/Linux 8.3 (Jessie) repositories.
“This is the same content that was released in last week’s beta. Updated NVIDIA driver (with Vulkan support), a few kernel changes, improved DualShock 3 support, Debian 8.3 updates, and the usual security fixes. Updated installers are also released,” reads the announcement.
The PowerA XboxOne Mini wired controller is now supported
In addition to the changes mentioned above, SteamOS 2.64 has a new, tweaked kernel package, which has been optimized by Valve’s engineers to support the new hardware and features in Alienware-WMI, as well as the third-party PowerA XboxOne Mini wired controller.
Among the security fixes worth mentioning in the stable SteamOS 2.64 release, we can refference the libssh and libssh2 libraries, as well as cpio and efivar, which has been imported from the Debian Sid repos to fix a boot issue that users encounter with NVMe devices.
As usual, you can download SteamOS 2.64 right now via our website or from Valve. All users of the SteamOS Linux distribution are urged to update their installations to this new version as soon as possible. SteamOS 2.64 replaces the previous stable build, SteamOS 2.60.