I was having a philosophical day today.
First, let’s make one thing clear, I love Valve. I loved the original client, even though I had to run it on Windows. I love all the quality games they produce and will probably spend most of my life sending my CV to them. But, most of all, I love that they brought gaming to Linux. Then, they made their own Linux based OS and I’m not sure if I love that.
Let’s kick the ball off with the installation, actually, not even that far; making a bootable medium. There’s no ISO or IMG, only a zip file. You need to paste this on to a USB drive and hope your box supports UEFI, otherwise you need the help of someone awesome like Stephenson’s Rocket. Then, you’re in the hands of the Gods as to whether it runs, or not and if the graphics work in the installer. I’ve seen lots of people who can’t even get that far. If you do, you need 1TB of disk for the all consuming OS, there’s no choice of partitioning (I think this is fixed in the Rocket ISO).
Then, if you get this far, there’s the OS. I think that Debian was the best choice, I do. In the same shoes, I’d have chosen it. But why do you need it? I’m more than happy with the Steam client on Fedora and have run it fine on openSUSE, Elementary, Arch and Mint. If I want the “big picture”, I can get it from the client and the selection of games are all the same. So what’s the point? What do you guys think?