Should Microsoft and Sony worry about Valve and SteamOS?

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Today in Open Source: Valve joins the Linux Foundation. Plus: openSUSE 13.1 review, and a screenshot tour of Tiny Core 5.1

Valve Joins the Linux Foundation

ZDNet is reporting that Valve has joined the Linux Foundation. Is it officially time for Microsoft and Sony to start worrying about Valve and its Steam Machines?

So, joining The Linux Foundation makes perfect sense for Valve. Mike Sartain, a leading Valve Linux developer and a former Xbox programmer, said in a statement, "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."

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As the article notes, Valve is essentially trying to blend PC and console gaming. Valve is not interested - as Sony and Microsoft clearly are - in locking you into buying a proprietary console. You will be able to use your PC for SteamOS or you can buy a console from a number of different manufacturers. It's your choice and you have the control.

So yes, I think it's way past time for Sony and Microsoft to start worrying. This is a very different model than what they are doing, and it has the potential to cause them a significant loss of game and console sales.

openSUSE 13.1 Review

DistroWatch has a review of openSUSE 13.1.

For reasons I've never quite understood the openSUSE distribution has always held an unusual place in my mind. Were someone to ask me about the most popular and user-friendly distributions I'd readily talk about Fedora, Ubuntu, Mint, Mageia and Debian. Chances are the openSUSE distribution would completely slip my mind. However, if someone were to specifically ask me for my opinion of openSUSE I would happily and heartily recommend the distribution.

I don't know why openSUSE, as much as I respect it, doesn't stand out more in my thoughts. Perhaps the openSUSE project just doesn't attract as much news coverage as other open source projects. The distribution has been around a long time, earned a well deserved reputation as being both very powerful and user-friendly and (in my opinion) the developers consistently balance features, stability and performance. With only a little hesitation I have to say openSUSE 13.1 maintains this trend, offering a fast, flexible and useful desktop solution.

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His point about openSUSE not getting enough press attention is something I definitely have considered myself. Linux Mint, Ubuntu and some other distros seem to really dominate media coverage, while openSUSE just sort of rolls on with minimal coverage.

That's a shame because it's a great desktop Linux distribution. Hopefully it will get a larger share of media coverage in the future. It surely deserves to be noticed more than it has been over the last few years.

Tiny Core 5.1 Screenshot Tour

The Coding Studio has a screenshot tour of Tiny Core 5.1.

Tiny Core Linux is a very small (10 MB) minimal Linux desktop. It is based on Linux 2.6 kernel, BusyBox, Tiny X, FLTK graphical user interface and JWM window manager, running entirely in memory. It is not a complete desktop, nor is all hardware completely supported; it represents only the core needed to boot into a very minimal X Window desktop, typically with wired Internet access. This minimal desktop can be extended by installing additional applications from online repositories.

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