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    Phoronix: Valve Joins The Linux Foundation

    Valve's love for Linux continues... Their latest sign of the game company's compassion for the open-source operating system is by joining the Linux Foundation...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTUzNDY

  • #2
    Awesome! This was expected though.

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    • #3
      "Linux is the future of gaming" -- Gabe Newell.

      Awesome news.

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      • #4
        Is it only about gaming?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Cyborg16 View Post
          Is it only about gaming?
          They are a video game developer, so yes they focus on gaming, but gaming can be a succor for development that will also help other use, especially in hardware support and gaming can also bring new user, which might bring further general software development to Linux.

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          • #6
            This is great news!

            @Micheal

            I don't think compassion means what you think it means...

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            • #7
              I <3 Valve. That is all.

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              • #8
                That's a sad day for the free and "open source" world.
                Go away Valve, please!

                https://www.gnu.org/philosophy/nonfree-games.en.html

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                • #9
                  Great news!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Annabel View Post
                    That's a sad day for the free and "open source" world.
                    Go away Valve, please!

                    https://www.gnu.org/philosophy/nonfree-games.en.html
                    Seconded. Not only the games are proprietary and some of them use DRM, Steam itself is proprietary too... But don't forget the Linux Foundation's goal is quite "commercial" too.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Annabel View Post
                      That's a sad day for the free and "open source" world.
                      Go away Valve, please!
                      No, it's not. It's a pretty fine day, in fact. Valve agreed to fund the development and maintenance of GPL code with this move. In the long while, if their talk is not empty, they might also create some FOSS development tools, and again there's nothing wrong with that. It's good that companies come forward to support FOSS. Nobody is forcing anyone to use Steam with this move.

                      If they were to release the tools as closed source, then you could have a case. But as it is, they're just donating money to help Linux as a project.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by GreatEmerald View Post
                        In the long while, if their talk is not empty, they might also create some FOSS development tools, and again there's nothing wrong with that. It's good that companies come forward to support FOSS.
                        Their talk is not empty.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by GreatEmerald View Post
                          No, it's not. It's a pretty fine day, in fact. Valve agreed to fund the development and maintenance of GPL code with this move. In the long while, if their talk is not empty, they might also create some FOSS development tools, and again there's nothing wrong with that. It's good that companies come forward to support FOSS. Nobody is forcing anyone to use Steam with this move.

                          If they were to release the tools as closed source, then you could have a case. But as it is, they're just donating money to help Linux as a project.
                          All of the games that Valve has in it's Steam collection and Steam itself are proprietary, they are just trying to look good by helping some free projects in some small way redeems that isn't something to be fooled by

                          Originally posted by kwahoo View Post
                          "hey look! we are making another debugger that is not working!!!! we are helping!!!!" --valve

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Annabel View Post
                            That's a sad day for the free and "open source" world.
                            Go away Valve, please!

                            https://www.gnu.org/philosophy/nonfree-games.en.html
                            And how is what Valve is doing really any different from running Windows games under Wine/Crossover ? If anything this helps speed up development of OpenGl & Mesa and better drivers. I doubt Nvidia would really be devoting much dev time to the OpenGL ABI otherwise. Gamers spend cash and just want the best experience possible. If they can use the majority of their existing Steam library and most new games coming out in the future Linux's popularity will rise. If SteamOs is a start
                            to bring in a new potential userbase all the better.
                            Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety,deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.
                            Ben Franklin 1755

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                            • #15
                              Being unfree proprietary-involved or not, it is still a contribution. And a sign that they are serious about Linux. So I'd say welcome Valve. And of course welcome HSA club and welcome whatever cloud-stuff it was.
                              Even if the games on their platform are normally commercial it will give a push to Linux hardware support. Definitely. Suddenly it will be interesting and cool to support Linux. Of course there will be growing pains, because a lot of mistakes will be made until enterprises understand how the Linux thing works. It is acceptable to me to play an unfree game (if it is halfway good) and to pay for a game. I recognize the work in it. (Or in other software.) Of course free as in freedom would be even better but hey, it's a start if things run on Linux. I also understand that multimillion projects are a bit hesitant about releasing their work from the start under CC and GPL/BSD/MIT.

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