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Old 27th July 2022
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Hi. It looks like Valve corporation is selling The Steam Deck at a loss for just $500. They probably are counting on steam deck owners to buy a lot of video games from their store.
I don't play video games, can The Steam Deck be used as a regular computer by installing Linux or OpenBSD on it? Is is a good idea? What do you think?
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It already runs Arch and has a "switch to desktop" mode that runs KDE Plasma.

Other distributions can be installed, apparently, and even Windows.

The RDNA2 graphics chip should be supported by the OpenBSD 7.1 DRM stack, I think, but why would you want to run OpenBSD on a gaming device?
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... but why would you want to run OpenBSD on a gaming device?
It has very good specs for a $500 device. I want to buy it for just $500 and use it as a desktop computer: connect it to a monitor, add keyboard and mouse, install Fedora and/or OpenBSD on it. Looks like a pretty good deal to me. Of course if it is capable to work as a desktop computer.
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That's an interesting idea but you would have to buy the dock as well to provide an ethernet connection for installation.

SteamOS uses a custom kernel, compiler and graphics stack for the deck so it probably needs custom drivers.

If anybody wants to try here are the instructions for booting an ISO image: https://help.steampowered.com/en/faq...EDF2-EB6D-2BB3
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