Posted on December 12, 2013, Devin Connors Valve’s Free SteamOS Arrives Tomorrow
According to the official Steam Universe community page, SteamOS will arrive tomorrow, available to all — individuals and OEMs alike.
From the community page (emphasis added):
SteamOS will be made available when the prototype hardware ships. It will be downloadable by individual users and commercial OEMs. (But unless you’re an intrepid Linux hacker already, we’re going to recommend that you wait until later in 2014 to try it out.) We’ll post info soon about that. Oh, and stay tuned for the in-home streaming beta to begin soon, too!
Power users will undoubtedly throw Steam OS on an empty partition or spare hard drive, but it might be slow goings at first. This is probably not a “final” release for SteamOS — expect that when OEM’s start shipping Steam Machines in a few months — so Linux knowledge might be a prerequisite if you want to tinker this weekend.
The linked community update also details beta hardware — each selected participant gets hardware, a Steam Community badge to show off to the world, and “…a number of games that run natively on SteamOS are being added to each selected user’s library.” So if you’re one of the lucky Golden Ticket holders, a) congrats!, b) can I come over and play games with you?, and c) enjoy the free games!