Linux News Today: SteamOS 2.83 Beta Brings AMD Radeon GPU-PRO RC2 and Nvidia 367.27 Video Drivers
Today, June 29, 2016, Valve’s engineers working on the SteamOS gaming operating system based on the stable Debian GNU/Linux 8 “Jessie” distribution have released a new Beta update.
SteamOS Brewmaster update 2.83 is now available for early adopters, it was pushed to the brewmaster_beta, and it comes one month after the release of the previous Beta version, SteamOS 2.80, to enhance both the Nvidia and AMD Radeon graphics drivers.
According to the release notes, SteamOS 2.83 Beta arrives now with the second Release Candidate (RC2) of the AMD Radeon AMD GPU-PRO Beta graphics driver, which includes support for the Vulkan API, and the latest long-lived Nvidia 367.27 video driver.
SteamOS 2.0 build 83 was generated on June 28, 2016, it incorporates many security updates from the upstream Debian GNU/Linux 8.5 “Jessie” software repositories, and it also fixes some of the issues reported by users since the SteamOS 2.0 build 80 updates.
Among the packages that received new versions, we can mention the p7zip archiving utility, VLC Media Player video player, dpkg package manager, Evince document viewer, as well as the libxslt, libgd2, libksba, libxml2, Perl, and expat libraries.
Additionally, the LVM2 userspace toolset that provides logical volume management (LVM) support was updated as well to fix a bug, some regressions were patched in the Samba packages, and a possible database corruption was resolved in xapian-core.
SteamOS 2.83 Beta now ready for download and testing
As mentioned before, the SteamOS 2.83 Beta update was pushed to the brewmaster_beta channel, so you can already fetch it from there are install it on your computer or Steam Machine gaming console.
If you’re new to SteamOS brewmaster_beta, we suggest downloading the installation mediums right now via our website. Please note that the ISOs don’t come with live session support, so you’ll have to erase your previous OS first.