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Thursday, August 21 • 4:30pm - 5:20pm
SteamOS Magic - Keith Packard, Intel

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Turning the Linux Desktop into a Gaming Console Valve Software, developers of the Steam app-store for desktop computer games, started offering their games and the Steam environment for Linux users back in February of 2013. Since then, they've gone further and constructed a custom Debian-derivative Linux distribution that turns a regular desktop PC into a gaming console, similar in concept to the original Microsoft Xbox, which was essentially a standard PC running a modified version of Windows. However, unlike the Xbox, SteamOS is designed to run unmodified versions of existing Linux games offered through the Steam store. This presented two separate challenges, the first to provide a game console experience starting with the standard X Window System, and the second to take desktop games and transform them.

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Keith Packard

Senior Principal Engineer, Amazon
Keith Packard has been developing free software since 1986, working on the X Window System, Linux, amateur rocketry and educational robotics. He is currently a senior principal engineer with the Amazon Device OS group working on system software, including Linux, FreeRTOS and Picolibc... Read More →

Thursday August 21, 2014 4:30pm - 5:20pm CDT
Sheraton Ballroom I

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