SteamOS beta adds legacy BIOS, official dual-boot support

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Just a couple of weeks after picking up support for Intel and AMD graphics, Valve’s SteamOS beta has added two more oft-requested features: support for legacy BIOS systems via a new ISO-based installer and official support for dual-booting when installing the operating system in “expert mode.” Previous versions of the SteamOS beta required a motherboard with UEFI support, and while dual-booting was possible, it wasn’t easy to configure.

Both of these features had been supported by the modding community for a while now, and Valve has apparently used some of that work in this build. The new features were added from an alternate SteamOS distribution called Ye Olde SteamOSe, which has offered BIOS support, an expanded library of default drivers, the ability to run in a virtual machine, and a few other niceties for a couple of months now. As Valve continues work on the official build of SteamOS, we wouldn’t be surprised to see more community-added features incorporated. If someone else has already gotten it working, why duplicate their effort?

We don’t know when the final version of SteamOS will launch, but we know it will come on at least 13 different Steam Machines from Valve’s partners. Many of those devices were first shown off at this year’s CES.

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