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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"Another way to look at that would be that there isn't much to lose."

I agree, there isn't much too loose, and there's everything to gain for valve. Games that are opengl are already going to run without too much porting effort, it's almost a gimme.

"There are problems with Linux at every turn when it comes to gaming so the question is, do you really want that to be your starting point, or is it better to throw out the crap to redo it properly and move on?"

I think this is greatly exaggerated. However even assuming there were such huge disparities in usability, none of this really applies to "normal" consumers who could buy the steam box as a ready to use gaming console. So long as they don't use poor hardware, it should run perfectly. Normal consumers won't be the least bit affected that it runs linux under the hood.

And besides, if not linux, then where else would you start? Valve has already indicated that Windows is a poor choice due to the lockdowns MS is imposing under metro. It would be foolish to give one of your primary competitors so much control over your product, don't you agree? Lest we forget Microsoft's history of abusive relationships with competitors on it's platforms.

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