The Linux Foundation announced on Wednesday that Valve Software has finally become one of its newest members, along with the HSA Foundation that's backed by AMD, ARM, Imagination Technologies, Qualcomm and a number of others. Valve Software is currently working on SteamOS, a Linux-based gaming platform designed to be the core OS for its Steam Machines PC "console" initiative.
"Joining the Linux Foundation is one of many ways Valve is investing in the advancement of Linux gaming. 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," said Mike Sartain of Valve.
Platinum members of the Linux Foundation include Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, NEC, Oracle, Qualcomm and Samsung. Gold members include AMD, China Mobile, Cisco, Google, Hitachi, Huawei, Motorola and several others. A much larger list of Silver members includes Adobe, Broadcom, Canonical, D-Link, Dell and so on. Where Valve and the HSA Foundation will fit into this tier system is currently unknown.
The Linux Foundation is a nonprofit consortium dedicated to the growth of Linux and collaborative software development. The organization was founded back in 2000 and sponsors the work of Linux creator Linus Torvalds. The organization also promotes, protects and advances the Linux operating system and collaborative software development by marshaling the resources of its members and the open source community.
"Our membership continues to grow as both new and mature entities embrace community development and open technologies," said Mike Woster, chief operating officer, The Linux Foundation. "Our new members believe Linux is a strategic investment that allows their markets to evolve as quickly as possible to achieve long-term viability and competitiveness."
Valve introduced SteamOS back in September. The new operating system is designed for the TV and the living room, and will be made available to download for free. Valve said that although the company previously worked on bringing Steam to the living room with elements such as Big Picture, the only way to offer the best environment would be to simply develop an entire operating system.
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