With its Linux-based operating system for SteamOS, Valve plans to help the Linux Foundation in promoting the advancement of the Linux operating system.
Valve is one of three companies to join the Linux Foundation, according to a press release. The foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to Linux growth and the support of an open source community. This comes to no surprise as Valve has embraced Linux in the Steam Machines project.
Steam Machines are powered by SteamOS, a Linux-based operating system open to anyone. "Joining the Linux Foundation is one of many ways Valve is investing in the advancement of Linux gaming," Valve's Mike Sartain said in the press release. "Through these efforts, we hope to contribute tools for developers building n ew experiences on Linux, compel hardware manufacturers to prioritize support for Linux, and ultimately deliver an elegant and open platform for Linux users."
Also joining the foundation are Cloudius Systems and HSA (Heterogeneous System Architecture) Foundation. Cloudius Systems, a startup company, is developing an open source operating system for cloud workloads. The company called the Linux Foundation "one of the most influential advocates for open cloud technologies." It plans to use the Linux Foundation for its open cloud network and events. HAS Foundation is a nonprofit backed by several companies - such as AMD and Samsung Electronics - with the goal of advancing heterogeneous parallel computing for better computing performance. HSA Foundation stated that Linux dominates mobile, cloud-based, and big dating - areas the company wants to support in an "open ecosystem."
Despite being a great example of free, open source software, Linux is still overshadowed. Steam and Desura support the Linux platform, but many games on Steam are still not made for Linux.
Source: Linux Foundation