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[2]: Comment by shmerl
by shmerl on Wed 4th Dec 2013 21:21 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by shmerl"
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No, it didn't have to split to thrive. Android was created as a closed system, they didn't care about Linux community or any synergy with it. Then Google bought it and "opened" it somewhat. But the split remained.

Edited 2013-12-04 21:24 UTC

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RE[3]: Comment by shmerl
by cdude on Thu 5th Dec 2013 12:39 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by shmerl"
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You have similar "splits" all over. From distributions not using vanilla-Kernel as default to desktop to ... everything. This is not a bug but a feature. Allow, no support, all kind of people and groups to innovate on top and if something turns out to be useful work on getting the concepts upstream, back into mainline.

Android is a prime-example. It did modify vanilla, everybody does. It innovated successfully, new concepts, like improved power management. These concepts, read not just the patches, made it step by step back into vanilla.

This is why Linux beats every competition out there. Unlimited innovation, rework patches, make them even better, less dirty, cover more cases, with a focus for future innovation, and bring them into mainline.

The best innovation driven by requirements possible. And here comes another player, Valve, and does the same. They profit from all that. Steambox will eat lesser power cause of work done before with Android. Compared to Android we already know that Valve is innovating, driving new concepts and requirements in. Its going to be good for Valve and Linux mainline. Win, win, again and again.

Edited 2013-12-05 12:48 UTC

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RE[4]: Comment by shmerl
by shmerl on Fri 6th Dec 2013 00:37 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by shmerl"
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It did a split on a very deep level - libc. That was bad in the long term. Of course, may be they intended to be separate to begin with, then my point is even stronger - Android is too isolationist.

Edited 2013-12-06 00:37 UTC

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