GamerOS: An Arch Linux based gaming OS

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Video: Alesh Slovak missed Vavle's SteamOS so he created a new GNU/Linux operating system called GamerOS based on Arch Linux and some of the components from SteamOS. The idea is to have a OS that boots directly into Steam's Big Picture mode so you can sit on the couch and use a PC with a game-pad the same way you would use a gaming console. Alesh Slovak presented his new OS at the Arch Conf 2020 last weekend. His video presentation is about 45 minutes with Q&A.

written by 윤채경 (Yoon Chae-kyung)  2020-10-13 - last edited 2021-09-06. © CC BY

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"An overview of GamerOS, an Arch Linux based distro that provides an out of the box couch gaming experience. Find out what GamerOS is, how it came to be, and what makes it unique"

Alesh Slovak

In bullet summary, GamerOS is:

  • Game console experience on PC hardware
  • Boots directly into Steam Big Picture
  • Similar to SteamOS
  • Based on Arch Linux

The idea is to create an operating system that lets you sit on the couch and play games on a PC without having to get up to switch games or deal with dialog boxes.

Slovak was initially going to make GamerOS use OSTree for automatic updates, but there were issues and he "eventually gave up". GamerOS will, instead, use Btrfs sub-partitions managed by frzr to allow automatic updates.

Alesh Slovak admits that Steam, the corner-stone of the new SteamOS, is proprietary software. "We can't change that".

Gamer OS has a website at

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14 months ago
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Now if only Valve would get around to updating Big Picture Mode; damn thing's been practically unchanged since it was released, doesn't even support 1440p/4k mode, nor Ultrawide, STILL.


14 months ago
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Still waiting for the day that steam correctly uploads hardware stats on Linux systems

Maybe ANOTHER 10 years and they will finally fix it
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