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Post by Eorl @ 10:59am 05/12/13 | 9 Comments
In what will come as no surprise considering their past announcements with SteamOS and foray into the Linux world, not-for-profit organisation The Linux Foundation has inducted celebrated developer Valve among two other new members. Valve now joins the ranks of companies like IBM, Intel, AMD, and Google, in their efforts to promote the open-source OS.

"Joining the Linux Foundation is one of many ways Valve is investing in the advancement of Linux gaming," said Valve's Mike Sartain in the announcement.

"Through these efforts we hope to contribute tools for developers building new experiences on Linux, compel hardware manufacturers to prioritise support for Linux, and ultimately deliver an elegant and open platform for Linux users."

Earlier in September Valve announced that they would be heading to the living room in the form of a new and open-source operating system, SteamOS, built on Linux framework that is expected to be released soon as a free download. The announcement was also followed by further reveals of a new Steam Controller that was also open-source, utilising trackpads instead of the traditional analog sticks, plus the official confirmation of Steam Machines, their own living-room tailored PCs.

Also joining the foundations work to accelerate the growth of Linux are Cloudius Systems and the HSA (Heterogeneous System Architecture) Foundation.

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

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












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Hogfather
Posted 11:08am 05/12/13
So does this mean that Valve is (or is hypocritical if they don't) go Open?
The Linux Foundation is a non-profit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux. Founded in 2007, The Linux Foundation sponsors the work of Linux creator Linus Torvalds and is supported by leading Linux and open source companies and developers from around the world.

I'm getting sick of companies (I'm looking at YOU, Google) riding on the feelgoods of OSS culture without actually biting the bullet and opening their source.
Dan
Posted 11:09am 05/12/13
SteamOS will be largely open source, Valve has said as much. No indication of the Steam Application itself being opened up though.
Jim
Posted 11:11am 05/12/13
I don't see how it makes them hypocritical, you don't have to release the source of everything you've done to foster the growth of linux

and google release a fair bit of code and have contributed quite a bit back to various projects
Jim
Posted 11:13am 05/12/13
Hogfather
Posted 11:27am 05/12/13
I don't see how it makes them hypocritical, you don't have to release the source of everything you've done to foster the growth of linux

and google release a fair bit of code and have contributed quite a bit back to various projects

Yes they have, but if you read my link they've progressively moved shit in Android back into closed source as their market share grew to protect their monopoly.

Its just on the nose to me. You're free to disagree and I don't want to have a huge fucken twelve page quote button breaking argument about it ok?
ph33x
Posted 11:30am 05/12/13
Don't hate the poster, hate that fucking quote button.
Jim
Posted 11:35am 05/12/13
so don't have an argument about it then

you asked a question, I answered and gave a mild opinion. simple stuff
PRiME
Posted 07:40pm 05/12/13
Maybe they can get that DX11 project up and running on Linux to allow ALL the games for Steam to run smoothly on linux, If they achieve that GOODBYE WINDOWS 4 ME.
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