Valve joins the Linux Foundation

Valve joins the Linux Foundation

Valve has officially joined the Linux Foundation as a Silver Member, alongside the likes of Nvidia, ARM, BT and Sony.

Valve has officially thrown its lot in with the world of Linux, joining the non-profit Linux Foundation as a Silver Member alongside the likes of Nvidia, ARM, BT and Sony.

The company's interest in Linux should surprise no-one: Valve founder Gabe Newell has been vocal in both his distaste for the current direction Microsoft is taking Windows and in his support for the open-source platform as an alternative for gamers. Newell is also putting his money where his mouth is, hiring Linux experts to put the finishing touches to the SteamOS distribution - which will be made available as a free download, as well as powering the company's Steam Machine consoles to be unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) early next year.

In a video confirming the company's membership of the Linux Foundation, Gabe Newell shared some interesting statistics: Valve, and in particular the company's digital distribution platform Steam, is responsible for around 2-3 per cent of worldwide IP traffic; the company has ported its entire list of assets - everything from source code to models, animations and other in-game assets - to Linux; and, in Newell's own words, 'we love the performance, we love the reliability, and the robustness of [Linux].'

Valve's support of Linux, it is hoped, will do the platform the world of good on the desktop. In the same video, project founder Linus Torvalds explained: '[Valve] is the one company that has a vision for how to do things, and I think that will force a lot of the other vendors around them to realise "hey, if this is the way Steam is going, we need to do the same thing because we can't afford to be different in this respect because we want people to be able to play games on our platform too."'

'Joining the Linux Foundation is one of many ways Valve is investing in the advancement of Linux gaming,' claimed Mike Sartain, Valve's chosen spokesperson for 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.'

Valve's Silver Membership status of the non-profit Linux Foundation is unlikely to break the bank: minimum fees for that level of membership start at just $5,000 a year and rise to $20,000. Gold Membership, as enjoyed by companies including AMD, Google and Panasonic, starts at $100,000; the Foundation's top-level package, the Platinum Membership chosen by Intel, HP, IBM, Samsung and others, requires a $500,000 a year commitment.

For more on Newell's appreciation for Linux, and Torvalds' inability to distinguish between the company Valve and its product Steam, have a peek at the promotional video reproduced below.


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Dave Lister 5th December 2013, 11:46 Quote
Is Gabe wearing a bra in that video ??
[USRF]Obiwan 5th December 2013, 15:02 Quote
He looks like santa...
Corky42 5th December 2013, 16:24 Quote
Originally Posted by [USRF]Obiwan
He looks like santa...

Nahh Santa's a jolly fellow, Gabe seems so melancholy.
XXAOSICXX 5th December 2013, 17:53 Quote
"Valve has official thrown its lot "

Gareth Halfacree 5th December 2013, 18:47 Quote
Originally Posted by XXAOSICXX
"Valve has official thrown its lot " officially?
Yarp. Fixed, ta!
Gambler FEX online 5th December 2013, 19:04 Quote
Heh had Windows been open source there had been a Windows 8 version with Aero Glass, Start Menu, Direct2D accelerated desktop/explorer.exe and no Metro. It would also have fixed quite a few annoyances and bugs. The more populare Linux get, the better its distros will become I hope.
Star*Dagger 7th December 2013, 23:28 Quote
"And ye verily will the Newell lead them from the bondage of Wintel unto the land of Games and Honey" ~Prophectius Arabica

"And he opened the 9th seal, and thereupon I beheld the freedom of the People, to compile the systems of operation as they saw fit, this one for business, that one for gaming and another for what they called folding" ~Revelation of Steam, Chapter 5, verse 3

"And the trumpets of Steam laid low all opposition and a new era was announced, made manifest and freed the people from the bondage that had held them in thralldom!" ~Valvicus Mallus, Trumpets 3:17
Star*Dagger 8th December 2013, 23:12 Quote
"And the People played under the honorable auspices of the most great Steam, and found the True Way, free from The Evil of Redmond, and their load was lifted and they verily did not need to reboot to install" ~The Starsign of Steam, verse 15
Star*Dagger 9th December 2013, 02:27 Quote
"And I Gabe, saw the holy city, New Steamrusalem coming down from Valve out of Heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her Gamer! And I heard a great voice, as if in 7.1 surround sound, saying Behold the Tabernacle of Steam is with is with Gamers and it shall dwell with Them, and They shall be the People of Steam and Steam shall be with them, and be, verily, their platform!
And the Newell shall wipe away all tears from their eyes, and their shall be no more death (unless playing in Ironman mode) neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the things of Microsoft are passed away!"
~The Book of Revealed Steam 21:2-4
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