SteamOS is a Linux-based operating system that aims to provide a seamless gaming experience from Steam8217s own game store.

While it has been in existence for about a decade now there are a few things that you should know about it.

In this article we try to address most of the common questions regarding SteamOS.

SteamOS is a Linux distribution from the game distribution platform Steam. It is not a generic desktop operating system like Debian Linux Mint or Ubuntu though you could use the desktop features. By default SteamOS gives you a console like interface because SteamOS is intended to be the operating system on Steam devices like Steam Machine discontinued and Steam Deck.

While you can install the Steam game client on any Linux distribution and other platforms SteamOS was developed to provide a console-like experience to play games from the Steam store.

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