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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What kind of distro is SteamOS anyway?
by xfce_fanboy on Thu 5th Dec 2013 19:29 UTC
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Has Valve released any details on SteamOS yet? My initial assumption was that it'd be Ubuntu-based, since Ubuntu was the first distro to get the Steam client. But I'm starting to suspect that Valve may be building a distro from the ground-up that's optimized for gaming.

As many commenters have noted, things will get very interesting once Ubuntu starts pushing Mir while Red Hat and others want to advance Wayland. Valve will have to make a decision in favor of one or the other.

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