Valve joins The Linux Foundation

After announcing Linux-based SteamOS, developer joins nonprofit consortium that aims to foster the growth of the free operating system.

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Nonprofit organization The Linux Foundation announced today that it had signed on three new members, including Half-Life and Steam developer Valve.

"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,” Valve's Linux head Mike Sartain said.

The two other new members are Cloudius Systems and HSA Foundation. Other Linux Foundation members with ties to gaming include PlayStation maker Sony and World of Tanks publisher Wargaming.

The organization, founded in 2002, says it is dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux and collaborative software development. Valve is no stranger to Linux. The company ported the popular Steam platform to the OS in February 2013 and its own Steam Machines will run on Linux when the systems arrive sometime next year.

Discussion

77 comments
xKnees
xKnees

This is a tough choice for me lol i have no clue what i would prefer.

mr_nee
mr_nee

Already stopped buying MS Office some time ago. Hope that by the time windows 10 will come out I will not need it anymore. Got my Win8 cheap on ebay, tho.

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

I hope Steam and Linux team up and make a new operating system that can rival Microsoft.

That would be great to see.

hystavito
hystavito

I hope if Steam Machines don't really take off, Linux can still reap a lot of benefits.

PlugInMonster
PlugInMonster

Funny given Linux makes up < 1% on Steam right now.

Maverick6585
Maverick6585

Is that a SteamOS screenshot, or a different Linux OS. If so, what is it called?

JLCrogue
JLCrogue

All hail the mighty prophet Gabe Newell, the founder of The Church of Latter Day Steam Users! lol

USNavyTech
USNavyTech

What would really help is if Valve created a website or partnered with a retail store that would help people learn and understand PC games and gaming. Possibly even sell the parts right at the store or said website and help you build a computer in your budget or to suit your needs. This would really help PC gaming. Companies might actually start to make big title PC games if this helped it take off. I know of a store in Atlanta, GA that does something similar but it's not widely known. If it got the backing of a company like Valve and got it's name out there I could see a big expansion for PC gaming. Sadly this probably won't happen.

Sl4cka
Sl4cka

Seemed like the logical next step after SteamOS.

C-THREE
C-THREE

it's on now! hopefully this leads to developers programming more titles for Linux the right way. I started my system as a Linux machine and the performance of games was not as good as when I got windows.

demondogx
demondogx

M$ ignored the PC for so long, its about damn time we get some good alternative, cant wait to give steamOS a try

omar_q
omar_q

Dunno why everyone hates on MS. Guarantee everyone here played solitaire on Win 95 at some point. Personally grew up with DOS and id games.

MS ftw. 

hoscba
hoscba

I want that wallpaper!

nauseouz
nauseouz

The power users and game players always pick Linux. Faster, stronger and doesn't stink like windows.

RedWave247
RedWave247

Given how Windows has a complete monopoly on the PC market, I've always hoped for another choice. Linux was always there, but I'd always heard it wasn't friendly to people who weren't computer savy. I know my way around a computer, but not enough, so I've always avoided Linux. Maybe it was more user-friendly, I might switch because I HATE Windows 8.

Jebril
Jebril

Very happy to see the Linux OS get more and more game focused, it's a big shift already, just 4 years ago playing games on Linux was pretty much just emulators and WINE, oh and TuxRacer.

Ra-Maxima
Ra-Maxima

cool I like Linux and valve cooperate with them. make Linux more operational. 

arqe
arqe

Will OpenGL ever gonna catch DirectX again ? OpenGL is more "OPEN" but not good enough ...

xcollector
xcollector

@PlugInMonster That just goes to show how serious Valve is at switching to linux. MS really pissed off Gabe to get him to do this.

xcollector
xcollector

@Maverick6585 It is just regular Ubuntu with the unity desktop. It's not steam OS or the client.

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

You're on the right track. I think educating people on PC gaming should be the biggest focus for Valve right now.

hadlee73
hadlee73

@omar_q I skipped solitaire on Win 95. I went straight from Win 3.1 to 98. :P

aeterna789
aeterna789

@omar_q People do not hate Microsoft on what it WAS in the past...they hate what Microsoft is starting to become.

s3as3a
s3as3a

@RedWave247 Well the screenshot in this article looks pretty user friendly. ;)

xcollector
xcollector

@RedWave247 It is much more easier to get setup then it was in the past like 10 years ago. There still is some tinkering to be done. Most problems you'll encounter can be solved with a simple Google search though. 

If you want a familiar Windows 7 look & feel try Linux Mint KDE 15 or Kubuntu 13.10. If you want something more like XP try Mint XFCE 15 or Mint Cinnamon 16. Mint KDE & XFCE 16 should be released later this month. 

Just because one has an XP look, and the other windows 7 doesn't mean it is better or worse. Under the hood they are all running the more recent linux kernels and support the same features.

Linux doesn't have a set in stone look and feel like Windows & Macs do. This is something Windows users have to get use to. Linux can be anything and everything, in any shape or form. It can look like a mac, or windows pc, smartphone os, dos, or something completely different. It is up to the user to pick what they like to use and not get forced into something like Window's 8 metro ui.

nauseouz
nauseouz

@RedWave247Whoever told you it's not user friendly is pulling your leg. Try Linux Mint and trust me you'll love it. I sell it with PCs and people say it's easier, faster, never crashes and it's free.

gamefreak215jd
gamefreak215jd

@Jebril Linux ain't a resource hog unlike Windows from what I've heard so far.Developers should have considered Linux as the primary OS for PC gaming instead of Windows.But I'm still curious to know how are the multimedia features on Linux.I'm only switching over to steam OS if Linux's got pretty much everything I felt was quite useful in Windows.

jd7904
jd7904

@Jebril Wine works pretty good though. Some of my older games run better in wine than they do in Windows 7. The biggest example being Starcraft, since it's unplayable in Win7.

gamefreak215jd
gamefreak215jd

@arqe I'd love to see Amd's Mantle replacing DirectX if OpenGl wouldn't be able to perform the task.I really had some harsh time with DirectX

Jebril
Jebril

@arqe Valve's game and engine runs better on OpenGL than Direct X though.

SkyAboveThePort
SkyAboveThePort

@arqe What do you mean not good enough? It was always better than DirectX. You must not consider the original Microsoft OpenGL drivers for Windows, of course they were made to underperform.

JLCrogue
JLCrogue

@fyllyman @C-THREE I sure as hell hope so! As soon as BF4 and most of my other favorite games are ported to Linux I'm not going to have to use Windows anymore. =)

vault-boy
vault-boy

@aeterna789 @omar_q What it has become* Corrected your typo there.


Any yes, I will hate anyone who chargers $100 for a fucking OS, especially one so fucking inefficient.

Jebril
Jebril

@gamefreak215jd @Jebril Haha you don't have to worry about multimedia on Linux, Linux has always been secretly the kind of media without anyone really knowing, VLC is primarily developed around Linux so it works better on Linux than Windows, also Linux has some of the best music players out there that people don't know about like Guayadeque, Exaile, Rhythymbox, Clementine. The weak spots on Linux are games, and professional software, like Office, video editors, and audio editors but even those have been greatly improved in the last four years. 

jd7904
jd7904

@gamefreak215jd @Jebril most everything works except for DVD and Blu Ray playback, whick you have to download because of licensing issues. MPAA doesn't want people playing their disks on Linux because there is no DRM built into linux and it's too easy to rip a disk.It takes all of a couple minutes to find the right stuff and install it though.

Jebril
Jebril

@jd7904 @Jebril I agree it's really good and has been vastly improved recently, but it can't keep up with newer games using DX11 and stuff. Metro 2033 for example ran mediocre at best on my hardware, however the native Metro Last Light port works perfectly even on high settings, there is a noticeable difference in performance even though Last Light is technically more demanding.

Frosty192
Frosty192

@jd7904 @Jebril Ahhh the original StarCraft. Many school days skipped so I could be an asshole and bs everyone on the FastestPossibleMapEVER 7vs1 Comp Stomp matches. Good times...good times..

JLCrogue
JLCrogue

@fyllyman @demondogx @omar_q Except Steam doesn't require you to pay for Xbox Live gold in order to play online games. A few of my Steam games have GFWL and I can't play multiplayer on them because I'm not paying M$ for that anymore.