Valve is going all in with Linux, as it has officially joined The Linux Foundation. The Linux Foundation is a nonprofit group comprised of companies and individuals that promote and advance the open-source OS. Valve's upcoming SteamOS is Linux-based, and its new Linux Foundation membership further cements the investment in gaming on Linux. The membership does give the company some benefits, as Valve can help guide development through workgroups and member councils. Valve's Mike Sartain had the following to say on the move:
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.
No details were released on just what Valve paid to join, however corporate membership begins at $5,000 and goes to $20,000 for the lowest Silver tier. Platinum membership is a $500,000 deal, which grants a seat on the board. Right now Valve is the only pure game company in The Linux Foundation, although both Sony and AMD are members. Other members include IBM, Oracle, Cisco, Google, and Samsung, so there are some definite heavy hitters helping advance Linux. Considering how much Valve CEO Gabe Newell is a fan of Linux, it looks like gamers will soon have a worthy OS to use for their favorite hobby (and personal Steam Machine).
Source: Ars Technica