It’s been tough to parse Alienware’s position on the Linux-based SteamOS. At E3 they told us that the Steam Machine will increase Linux gamers by “20, 30 fold, overnight”. But with the first Steam Machines delayed into 2015, they’ve upstaged their own Linux box with a Windows-based living room PC: the Alienware Alpha.
So who would win in a fight, Alienware? A living room PC running Windows, or the same PC running SteamOS?
“It depends on what you’re looking for; there’s advantages to both,” said Alienware general manager Frank Azor. “[With] the Linux version I do think you’re going to sacrifice a little bit of content.”
Valve just pushed down a big Steam client update that has a number of Linux improvements along with other general improvements.
Non-platform-specific changes for the Steam Linux client includes updates to the desktop user interface styles, a major updated to the embedded web browser, and various fixes. The embedded browser update betters the performance and reliability along with having other security and functionality updates. There's also an assortment of other Big Picture mode enhancements and fixes.