Specialized’ Linuxes, i.e. Special *PURPOSE* Linuxes, are keeping me too busy lately. 6/8 posts on them since the August 1, 2021 Part XII : Progressions of the Linux Newbie Blog post, and this is the 2nd post involving SteamOS GNU/Linux.

Offering a ‘Specialized‘ Linux OS (that is not *FOCUSED* on being a “Desktop” OS could be the key!) +  its own Hardware unit in a complete Package has worked well before. (Note: Possible exceptions of that “Desktop” OS focus point could be Russia’s Astra Linux Common Edition ‘n China’s JingOS & Kylin Linux.)

Steam Deck:

  • Steam Deck brings the Steam games and features you love to a powerful and convenient form factor that you can take wherever you go.
  • Hardware designed to put real games in real hands…
  • Steam Deck starts shipping December 2021 to the United States, Canada, the European Union, and the United Kingdom. More regions coming in 2022—stay tuned for more info.

Beyond chess, hearts, and solitaire I know nothing about games ‘n the Gaming Industry. There has been lots of news ‘n hype on Valve’s recent announcement. For example, from Windows Central:

Steam Deck: Specs, cost, and everything you need to know

Valve entered the handheld gaming space with a bombshell announcement: the Steam Deck. Billed as the world’s most powerful handheld gaming device, the Steam Deck is designed to synergize with your Steam account, which means that in theory, you can access the best PC games on the go and without a bulky desktop or laptop.

Steam Deck technical specs:

  • Operating System – SteamOS 3.0 (Arch-based)
  • Display – 7-inch diagonal, 1200×800 px
  • Brightness- 400 nits (Note: WOW!)
  • Refresh rate – 60hz
  • Processor – AMD APU, Zen 2 4c/8t, 2.4-3.5GHz
  • Graphics – 8 RDNA 2 CUs, 1.0-1.6GHz
  • Memory – 16GB LPDDR5 RAM
  • Storage – 64GB eMMC / 256GB SSD / 512GB SSD
  • Expandable storage – Yes, microSD card slot
  • Bluetooth – Bluetooth 5.0
  • Wi-Fi – Dual-band Wi-Fi radio, 2.4GHz and 5GHz


The Steam Deck uses the latest version of SteamOS, a type of Linux operating system that works with software callled Proton. Proton works as a compatibility layer so that even Windows versions of games can run on Linux. With that in mind, there are still compatibility issues so support for every single game cannot be guaranteed. Regardless, Valve promises that any games you have running on SteamOS will have no problems running on the Steam Deck.

Steam Machines didn’t work out, but Valve probably sees ‘SoMeThInG‘ they like in that market this time. Well, I am no gamer, but I like this move. We shall see…

Will add this post to the Special *PURPOSE* Linuxes page.

LINUX IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES – you never know what you’re gonna get!