Valve Joins the Linux Federation

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It’s no secret that Valve’s Gabe Newell hates Windows and everything it stands for. It’;s one of the reasons that the company has made its Steam platform (along with many of its games)  available to Linux users, and one of the reasons Valve’s own SteamOs will soon be a thing. They’ve now cemented their Linux love, by joining the non-profit Linux Foundation.

“Joining the Linux Foundation is one of many ways Valve is investing in the advancement of Linux gaming," Valve’s Mike Sartain said.

"Through these efforts we hope to contribute tools for developers building new experiences on Linux, compel hardware manufacturers to prioritise support for Linux, and ultimately deliver an elegant and open platform for Linux users."

Linux hasn’t really been seem as a viable operating system for gamers, thanks to the windows-centric DirectX api’s that are required for most PC games – but that’s something that Valve wants to change. they believe that doing away with Microsoft’s operating system will yield better performance from games.  

The Linux Foundation seems pretty chuffed at its newest member.

"Our membership continues to grow as both new and mature entities embrace community development and open technologies," Linux Foundation COO Mike Woster said.

"Our new members believe Linux is a strategic investment that allows their markets to evolve as quickly as possibly to achieve long-term viability and competitiveness."

Would you contemplate ditching Windows when Linux is a more accepted, more supported gaming platform?

Last Updated: December 5, 2013

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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