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.

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