Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 4th Dec 2013 18:06 UTC

"Joining the Linux Foundation is one of many ways Valve is investing in the advancement of Linux gaming," Mike Sartain, a key member of the Linux team at Valve said. "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."

Mark my words: Valve will do for Linux gaming what Android did for Linux mobile. Much crow will be eaten by naysayers in a few years.

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RE: Android did for Linux?
by kurkosdr on Wed 4th Dec 2013 20:09 UTC in reply to "Android did for Linux?"
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You mean fork Linux (the kernel), use as little GPL software as possible, and minimise feeding changes back to upstream?

You mean avoid dealing with the Linux upstream cabal in order to ship the product in time, scrapping the 20 year old cruft sitting above the linux kernel (, the mess that is Linux audio) while building a more streamlined userland better suited to smartphones, and getting their patches rejected by the upstream cabal (wakelocks)?

Nokia tried to play by the rules with MeeGo, and look what happened to them. Everyone was shipping their new mobile OSes by Q4 2010, Nokia wanted MeeGo to put it in the Nokia N8, but MeeGo wasn't ready so the N8 shipped with freaking Symbian. Nokia themselves admitted "technical difficulties" with MeeGo as the reason for the huge delays. By the time they had hammered around the issues, the investors were getting impatient and Elop happened. Android would have been yet another perpetually in beta no-show if it had been based on "real linux".

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