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Linux Top 3: SteamOS, Linux 3.12 and Fedora Turns 10

  • September 23, 2013
  • By Sean Michael Kerner

A busy week on the Linux Planet with Linux distributions old and new coming to light.

1) SteamOS

At the Linuxcon conference in New Orleans last week, Valve co-founder Gabe Newell talked about Linux as being the future of gaming. Part of that future involves his companies embrace of Linux for its new SteamOS.

SteamOS is still a work in progress but will at some future point power Steam Boxes. Those are set to be a new type of console machine that relies on Linux instead of the whims of Microsoft and Sony.

We don't yet have a whole lot of details on what's in SteamOS other than what Valve has publicly posted so far:

As we’ve been working on bringing Steam to the living room, we’ve come to the conclusion that the environment best suited to delivering value to customers is an operating system built around Steam itself.
SteamOS combines the rock-solid architecture of Linux with a gaming experience built for the big screen. It will be available soon as a free stand-alone operating system for living room machines.

2) Fedora Turns 10

On September 22nd 2003, Red Hat changed the Linux distribution landscape with the creation of the Fedora Project. Ten year ago in a mailing list message, Red Hat developer Michael Johnson wrote:

The Fedora Project is something special. It enables Red Hat and the community to work together to provide the community with rapid rolling releases and to get new technology into the hands of developers.

With the solid establishment of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat now has a platform for predictable change and high quality support for customers, and for our ISV and IHV partners. Fedora is about the community, about cool new technologies, and extending existing Red Hat tools in a collaborative community.

3) Linux 3.12

Linus Torvalds announced the first release candidate for the Linux 3.12 kernel on September 16th.

"I personally particularly like the scalability improvements that got merged this time around," Torvalds wrote in a mailing list message.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at Linux Planet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist

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