Bonum Certa Men Certa

State-of-the-Art Gaming on GNU/Linux Not Only Possible But Becoming Default Option, Hardware Products

Summary: GNU/Linux as the operating system of gaming consoles no longer a far-fetched dream; companies other than Valve explore these possibilities

TECHRIGHTS is happy to write about the rise of GNU/Linux as a gaming platform, even though much of the gaming layer is proprietary. It is probably better that proprietary games are running on GNU/Linux; if they run on Windows or Mac OS, then they only help Microsoft's and Apple's position.

The latest news is very encouraging, still. The site Gaming on Linux wrote quite a lot about games that were coming to GNU/Linux [1-7], Humble Jumbo Bundle was covered by Steam for Linux [8], there were big names like Broken Sword in the headlines [9,10], and even news from Ioquake3 [11].

What stood out, however, were hardware efforts. First, there was GCW-ZERO, the open source gaming console [12]. Then there was Piixl Jetpack [13-19] and the $499 Steam Machine we alluded to before [20].

As the official announcement about Valve's own hardware project was brewing (running GNU/Linux of course) there was also news about Valve joining the Linux Foundation. This was massive in the news. Headlines said that "Valve Furthers Linux Commitment, Officially Joins Linux Foundation" [21], "Valve renews Linux commitment, Microsoft and Sony should worry" [22], "Valve solidifies platform preference, joins The Linux Foundation" [23], and "As Valve Joins The Linux Foundation, Start Taking Linux Gaming Seriously" [24]. These were just four headlines among many more [25-42] -- a lot more than we can list exhaustively.

Good times for GNU/Linux. It's only getting better.

Related/contextual items from the news:

  1. A Steam Machine From IBuyPower Has Been Shown Off
  2. OpenMW V0.27.0 Released And A Sneak Peek On OpenCS
  3. Starbound 2D Universe Sandbox Game Beta To Start Today
  4. Elder Sign: Omens Strategy Released On Steam For Linux
  5. Dominions 4: Thrones Of Ascension Now On Steam For Linux

  6. Teslagrad Magnetic Sidescroller Available Next Week
  7. Basilisk Games Announces Eschalon: Book III Release Date

  8. Humble Jumbo Bundle released

  9. Broken Sword 5 – The Serpent’s Curse: Episode One is now available through GOG, Steam
  10. Interview: Charles Cecil on returning to Broken Sword

  11. Ioquake3 Working On A New Game Launcher

  12. GCW-ZERO, the open source gaming console
    Portable gaming consoles remain within the domain of Nintendo and Sony, with their Nintendo 3DS as well as PS Vita, respectively, but their territory have been encroached upon by other forms of mobile gaming, no thanks to the huge popularity of tablets as well as smartphones. Well, here is another player that intends to bite off a chunk of this lucrative market – the $149.99 GCW-ZERO, which happens to be an open source gaming console. With the GCW-ZERO, you know for sure that you have something good going on here, especially when it has been built by gamers for gamers.


    Powered by Linux, it already comes with a slew of open source software that is ready to rock and roll.

  13. Hardware manufacturer Piixl reveals a Steam Machine that latches to your TV like a jetpack

  14. Piixl Jetpack is SteamOS gaming PC that latches onto the back of your TV
  15. SteamOS on your TV with Jetpack

  16. Piixl Jetpack straps a SteamOS PC to the back of your TV

  17. Piixl Jetpack Steam Machine Attaches to the Back Your TV
    In a rather unconventional approach to PC design, British manufacturer Piixl has created a SteamOS computer that attaches to the back of your television set. According to Pocket-lint, the Piixl Jetpack is an open hardware platform that is fully customizable to fit a user's gaming hardware needs.

  18. Piixl Jetpack Steam Machine Attaches to the Back Your TV
  19. Piixl’s powerful Jetpack Steam Machine attaches to the back of your TV, promises joyride

  20. Will you buy a Steam Machine for $499?

  21. Valve Furthers Linux Commitment, Officially Joins Linux Foundation

  22. Valve renews Linux commitment, Microsoft and Sony should worry
    Valve has joined the Linux Foundation, making Steam Machine prototypes looking more and more like serious competition for Microsoft's Xbox One and Sony's PlayStation 4.

  23. Valve solidifies platform preference, joins The Linux Foundation

  24. As Valve Joins The Linux Foundation, Start Taking Linux Gaming Seriously

  25. Valve joins Linux Foundation
  26. Valve becomes latest investor in The Linux Foundation
  27. Valve Joins Linux Foundation Prior to SteamOS and Steam Machine Launches

  28. Valve joins The Linux Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to accelerating Linux growth

  29. Linux Foundation Expands Its Membership Roster
  30. Steam Maker Valve Joins Linux Foundation
  31. Valve is now a card-carrying member of The Linux Foundation
  32. Valve Joins Linux Foundation In Anticipation Of SteamOS And Steam Machine Launch [VIDEO]
  33. Linux gaming may advance as Valve joins open-source association

  34. Teslagrad will be released next week on Linux, Mac, and PC
  35. Starbound beta lands on PC, Mac and Linux today

  36. Valve joins the Linux Foundation as it prepares its Linux-powered Steam OS and Steam Machines

  37. Valve now a card-carrying member of The Linux Foundation, 'one of many ways Valve is investing in the advancement of Linux gaming'

  38. Valve Has Joined The Linux Foundation

  39. Valve invests in Linux Foundation ahead of SteamOS launch
  40. Cloudius Systems, HSA Foundation and Valve Join Linux Foundation
  41. Valve, HSA Foundation, Cloudius join the Linux Foundation
  42. Open-source gaming ahoy! Valve joins Linux Foundation ahead of SteamOS launch

Recent Techrights' Posts

[Video] 'Late Stage Capitalism': Microsoft as an Elaborate Ponzi Scheme (Faking 'Demand' While Portraying the Fraud as an Act of Generosity and Demanding Bailouts)
Being able to express or explain the facts isn't easy because of the buzzwords
Microsoft ("a Dying Megacorporation that Does Not Create") and IBM: An Era of Dying Giants With Leadership Deficits and Corporate Bailouts (Subsidies From Taxpayers)
Microsoft seems to be resorting to lots of bribes and chasing of bailouts (i.e. money from taxpayers worldwide)
Daniel Pocock: "I've Gone to Some Lengths to Demonstrate How Corporate Bad Actors Have Used Amateur-hour Codes of Conduct to Push Volunteers Into Modern Slavery"
"As David explains, the Codes of Conduct should work the other way around to regulate the poor behavior of corporations who have been far too close to the Debian Suicide Cluster."
Microsoft-Connected Sites Trying to Shift Attention Away From Microsoft's Megebreach Only Days Before Important If Not Unprecedented Grilling by the US Government?
Why does the mainstream media not entertain the possibility a lot of these talking points are directed out of Redmond?
Links 18/05/2024: Caledonia Emergency Powers, "UK Prosecutor's Office Went Too Far in the Assange Case"
Links for the day
US Patent and Trademark Office Sends Out a Warning to People Who Do Not Use Microsoft's Proprietary Formats
They're punishing people who wish to use open formats
Links 18/05/2024: Fury in Microsoft Over Studio Shutdowns, More Gaming Layoffs
Links for the day
Over at Tux Machines...
GNU/Linux news for the past day
IRC Proceedings: Friday, May 17, 2024
IRC logs for Friday, May 17, 2024
Links 18/05/2024: KOReader, Benben v0.5.0 Progress Update, and More
Links for the day
[Meme] UEFI 'Secure' Boot Boiling Frog
UEFI 'Secure' Boot: You can just ignore it. You can just turn it off. You can hack on it as a workaround. Just use Windows dammit!
The Market Wants to Delete Windows and Install GNU/Linux, UEFI 'Secure' Boot Must Go!
To be very clear, this has nothing to do with security and those who insist that it is have absolutely no credentials
In the United States Of America the Estimated Share of Google Search Grew After Microsoft's Chatbot Hype (Which Coincided With Mass Layoffs at Bing)
Microsoft's chatbot hype started in late 2022
Techrights Will Categorically Object to Any Attempts to Deny Its Right to Publish Informative, Factual Material
we'll continue to publish about 20 pages per day while challenging censorship attempts
Links 17/05/2024: Microsoft Masks Layoffs With Return-to-office (RTO) Mandates, More YouTube Censorship
Links for the day
YouTube Progresses to the Next Level
YouTube is a ticking time bomb
Journalists and Human Rights Groups Back Julian Assange Ahead of Monday's Likely Very Final Decision
From the past 24 hours...
[Meme] George Washington and the Bill of Rights
Centuries have passed since the days of George Washington, but the principles are still the same
Video of Richard Stallman's Talk From Four Weeks Ago
2-hour video of Richard Stallman speaking less than a month ago
statCounter Says Twitter/X Share in Russia Fell From 23% to 2.3% in 3 Years
it seems like YouTube gained a lot
Journalist Who Won Awards for His Coverage of the Julian Assange Ordeals Excluded and Denied Access to Final Hearing
One can speculate about the true reason/s
Richard Stallman's Talk, Scheduled for Two Days Ago, Was Not Canceled But Really Delayed
American in Paris
3 More Weeks for Daniel Pocock's Campaign to Win a Seat in European Parliament Elections
Friday 3 weeks from now is polling day
Microsoft Should Have Been Fined and Sanctioned Over UEFI 'Lockout' (Locking GNU/Linux Out of New PCs)
Why did that not happen?
Gemini Links 16/05/2024: Microsoft Masks Layoffs With Return-to-office (RTO) Mandates, Cash Issues
Links for the day
Over at Tux Machines...
GNU/Linux news for the past day
IRC Proceedings: Thursday, May 16, 2024
IRC logs for Thursday, May 16, 2024
Ex-Red Hat CEO Paul Cormier Did Not Retire, He Just Left IBM/Red Hat a Month Ago (Ahead of Layoff Speculations)
Rather than retire he took a similar position at another company Made Its First 'Article' in Over and Month, It Was 10 Words in Total, and It's Not About Linux
play some 'webapp' and maybe get some digital 'certificate' for a meme like 'clown computing'
[Meme] Never Appease the Occupiers
Freedom requires truth. Free speech emancipates.
Thorny Issues, Violent Response
They say protests (or strikes) that do not disrupt anything are simply not effective. The same can be said about reporting.
GNU/Linux in Malaysia: From 0.2 Percent to 6+ Percent
That's like 30-fold increase in relative share
Liberty in Liberia? Windows Falls Below 10% and Below iOS
This is clearly a problem for Microsoft
Techrights Congratulates Raspberry Pi (With Caution and Reservations)
Raspberry Pi will "make or break" based on the decisions made in its boardroom
OSI Makes a Killing for Bill Gates and Microsoft (Plagiarism and GPL Violations Whitewashed and Openwashed)
meme and more
The FSF Ought to Protest Against UEFI 'Secure Boot' (Like It Used To)
libreplanet-discuss stuff
People Who Defend Richard Stallman's Right to Deliver Talks About His Work Are Subjected to Online Abuse and Censorship
Stallman video removed
GNU/Linux Grows in Denmark, But Much of That is ChromeOS, Which Means No Freedom
Google never designs operating systems with freedom in mind
Links 16/05/2024: Vehicles Lasting Fewer Years, Habitat Fragmentation Concerns
Links for the day
GNU/Linux Reaches 6.5% in Canada (Including ChromeOS), Based on statCounter
Not many news sites are left to cover this, let alone advocate for GNU/Linux
Links 16/05/2024: Orangutans as Political Props, VMware Calls Proprietary 'Free'
Links for the day
The Only Thing the So-called 'Hey Hi Revolution' Gave Microsoft is More Debt
Microsoft bailouts
TechTarget (and Computer Weekly et al): We Target 'Audiences' to Sell Your Products (Using Fake Articles and Surveillance)
It is a deeply rogue industry that's killing legitimate journalism by drowning out the signal (real journalism) with sponsored fodder
FUD Alert: 2024 is Not 2011 and Ebury is Not "Linux"
We've seen Microsofers (actual Microsoft employees) putting in a lot of effort to shift the heat to Linux
Links 15/05/2024: XBox Trouble, Slovakia PM Shot 5 Times
Links for the day
Windows in Times of Conflict
In pictures
Over at Tux Machines...
GNU/Linux news for the past day
IRC Proceedings: Wednesday, May 15, 2024
IRC logs for Wednesday, May 15, 2024