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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Should be good news for everyone.
by Alfman on Wed 4th Dec 2013 22:10 UTC
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I would very much like them to succeed, it will give linux a huge boost on the desktop for gaming which everyone can benefit from either directly or indirectly through improved competition.

This debate about the forks is interesting. On the one hand forking is bad because it can split the community. On the other hand, those doing it are just exercising rights explicitly granted under the source code license. So it feels a bit ironic to point a finger at them while embracing the license that allows them to do it.

In any case, I don't particularly care if "steamos" is forked *to the extent that the games can still run on a normal linux desktop*. I think Valve is genuinely betting for Linux gaming to succeed as a whole. Fragmenting the small linux gaming market at this point would be completely counterproductive for their linux strategy, IMHO.

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