“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.
You mean fork Linux (the kernel), use as little GPL software as possible, and minimise feeding changes back to upstream?
I sincerely hope (and looking at TFA, suspect) Valve will do much better 😉