ChimeraOS 35 Adds GNOME Desktop, Fixes for Aya Neo Air/OneXPlayer Mini, and System Update Notifications on the Steam Deck UI

ChimeraOS 35 Adds GNOME Desktop, Fixes for Aya Neo Air/OneXPlayer Mini, and System Update Notifications on the Steam Deck UI
ChimeraOS 35 marks a pretty big release for the SteamOS-like distro. The biggest feature is probably the addition of a desktop environment. Previously, you were stuck in Big Picture Mode, the Steam Deck UI, or the CLI. Now, similar to SteamOS, you can use your living room console or Deck for work or other production purposes, thanks to the addition of a desktop. Unlike SteamOS 3, however, ChimeraOS makes use of GNOME.
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ChimeraOS 34 Released, Improves Handheld Gamepad Support and Adds Plenty of Bug Fixes

ChimeraOS 34 Released, Improves Handheld Gamepad Support and Adds Plenty of Bug Fixes
ChimeraOS – one of my favorite gaming-oriented distributions – just got a big update today. Proton has been re-enabled for Windows-based games (for some reason it wasn’t before), several bug fixes have been addressed for the Steam Deck UI, Proton, and Bluetooth, a UI has been added for formatting external hard drives, “ChimeraOS Verified and Playable” games have been added to the Deck UI, and plenty of other improvements! In addition, the typical set of software packages have been updated:
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ChimeraOS Turns 3

ChimeraOS Turns 3
While I was lurking in the community Discord, I found out that ChimeraOS – essentially the fans’ version of SteamOS 2.0, featuring much more up-to-date packages and some other goodies, while still retaining the console-like experience – had its’ third anniversary last Friday. I’m more or less going to paste what I said in that Discord: “I had reviewed the distro over on Boiling Steam two years ago. I remember I installed it on a small, red cube-shaped PC I had at the time.
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ChimeraOS 33 Out Now, Adds Deck UI Bug Fixes

ChimeraOS 33 Out Now, Adds Deck UI Bug Fixes
ChimeraOS version 33 has landed hot off the press today. The following software packages have been upgraded: kernel 5.17.9 Mesa 22.0.4 Nvidia 515.43.04 (keep in mind this driver is in beta) Chimera 0.14.6 (the web app that allows you to remotely install software to ChimeraOS) steamos-compositor-plus 1.9.4 RetroArch 1.10.3 This release also brings plenty of bug fixes, particularly when using the Steam Deck UI: fixed the session being reverted to Big Picture Mode after a recent Steam update fixed non-Steam games failing to launch fixed performance overlay fixed frame limiter fixed night mode fixed brightness controls fixed ChimeraOS release version not displaying fixed some minor graphical glitches Keep in mind the Deck UI doesn’t work on NVIDIA.
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An Interview with Alesh Slovak, ChimeraOS Developer

An Interview with Alesh Slovak, ChimeraOS Developer
I love getting insight with developers as far as what it’s like developing their project. I like the concept of having a distro that transforms a PC into a living room console, which, as Alesh Slovak (AKA alkazar) explains in this interview, is exactly what ChimeraOS does. So let’s take a deep dive into the mind of Alesh and see just what is cooking with this console-oriented distro. There’s two things from this interview that I want you to pay particular attention to, and that is:
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