Valve's CEO Gabe Newell believes that Linux is the future of gaming. He has put his money where his mouth is with the unveiling of SteamOS. Based on Linux and available for free, SteamOS is an operating system that is targeted at the living room gaming PC. The move seems to be a natural progression from the Big Picture user-interface, which was Valve's attempt to bring Steam to televisions and gamepads.
SteamOS, much like the Steam distribution platform, will serve to bring gaming content from any PC it is installed on over to your television. With Steam already being available for Linux, there is already a stable of games running and ready for the new OS according to Valve.
Besides providing standard and existing Steam functions such as automatic game updates, in-game chat and friends lists SteamOS will also come with new features such as music and video streaming.
SteamOS seems to be laying the ground work for the eventual release of the Steam Box console. With Valve planning on making two more announcements, here's hopping new hardware and AAA gaming titles are on the cards.