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Valve joins the Linux Foundation

Signs up along with Cloudius Systems and the HSA Foundation
Thu Dec 05 2013, 15:21
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GAME PUBLISHER Valve has joined the Linux Foundation, an association it has always praised.

Valve has a fondness for Linux and its Steam box and released a version of its Steam games client for Linux in February.

In a video Valve's Gabe Newell appears along with Linus Torvalds in a discussion about Linux and games. The two are a natural fit, at least according to Newell and Torvalds, and Valve is happy to join in open source advocacy.

Newell talked about the operating systems affinity with games, something that it spoke about last year as it worked on a Linux port of Left 4 Dead 2 . Newell also famously described Windows 8 as "a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space".

"Joining the Linux Foundation is one of many ways Valve is investing in the advancement of Linux gaming. Through these efforts, we hope to contribute tools for developers building new experiences on Linux, compel hardware manufacturers to prioritize support for Linux, and ultimately deliver an elegant and open platform for Linux users," said Mike Sartain, who works on Linux at Valve.

The Linux Foundation is also pleased to have Valve, and it also welcomed as members HSA, the Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) Foundation, a consortium that boasts ARM, AMD and Samsung among its members, and cloud outfit Cloudius.

"Our membership continues to grow as both new and mature entities embrace community development and open technologies," said Linux Foundation COO Mike Woster.

"Our new members believe Linux is a strategic investment that allows their markets to evolve as quickly as possible to achieve long-term viability and competitiveness." µ


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