Linux Foundation Expands Its Membership Roster
The Linux Foundation is growing and expanding into new areas of development. Gaming giant Valve is now firmly behind Linux.The Linux Foundation—an organization aimed at helping build and grow both the technology and the market for the open-source Linux operating system—announced the addition of three new members to its organization: the HSA (Heterogeneous System Architecture) Foundation, Cloudius Systems and gaming giant Valve Software. The addition of Valve Software to the Linux Foundation is an effort that began "a long time ago," according to Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation. "The news is part of the company's strategy around open gaming, which it has just begun to share broadly," Zemlin told eWEEK. "With Steam OS and Steam machines coming soon, Linux Foundation membership will help Valve maximize its investment in Linux long term." Gabe Newell, co-founder of Valve Software, was a keynoter at the Linuxcon USA event in September. During that event, Newell discussed how important Linux is to Valve and declared that it would be the base for the next generation of gaming. Valve is currently building a next-generation Linux-based gaming platform called Steam OS.
Steam is Valve's gaming client, which is already available for use on Linux, Windows and Mac OS X devices. The Steam OS concept will enable Valve to build its own Steam Box consoles that will compete against Sony's Playstation and Microsoft's Xbox.