Valve invests in Linux Foundation ahead of SteamOS launch

G-Man, that's cool.

Valve has announced it is one of the latest companies to invest in The Linux Foundation, a nonprofit organisation designed to advance the operating system's development.

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Valve is, of course, readying its own fleet of Linux-powered computers - its Steam Machines, which will run a Linux-based operating system and be compatible with the Steam distribution service.

"Joining the Linux Foundation is one of many ways Valve is investing in the advancement of Linux gaming," explained Valve's Mike Sartain.

"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."

Other new investors include Cloudius Systems, which is creating a new open source operating system to handle virtualised cloud workloads, and the nonprofit HSA Foundation, which develops open-standard architecture specifications to advance heterogeneous parallel computing. Obviously.

Fancy a cool-looking iBuyPower Steam Machine for $499 (308)? The box is due to launch next year and glows neon green.

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