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Valve Announces Linux-Based SteamOS

Valve is making big waves in the Linux gaming community. After announcing a Linux client in February, Valve has now announced that they will be releasing a custom Linux operating system built specifically as a gaming platform. Releasing the OS is the first part of a three-part plan for Steam to win the war against dedicated gaming consoles, with the announcement of a custom branded Steam PC for the living room expected to follow soon. Valve has embraced Linux in a way that few other software companies have. Too often Linux is an afterthought, if the software is available for it at all. But, Valve is not only supporting a library of games on Linux, it is building in Linux as a core component of a company-wide strategy. The ability to build a platform on top of a solid open source core gives Valve an advantage over the console vendors. Valve doesn’t need to build everything from scratch, they can leverage the work that has already gone into making Linux secure, fast, and reliable and build their platform on top of it. As we’ve been working on bringing Steam to the living room, we’ve come to the

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