Monado, the free and open source OpenXR runtime for Linux has reached a massive milestone as it's now officially conformant. This announcement from Collabora came along with the release of Monado 21.0.0.
As a quick refresher: Monado aims to jump-start development of an open source XR ecosystem and provide the fundamental building blocks for device vendors to target Linux as a platform.
Now that it's officially recognised by The Khronos Group as a conformant driver, it means they can use the official OpenXR word and trademarks to advertise its feature set and gives it public recognition. Currently though, this is only for a "simulated" device and anyone building hardware with Monado will need to go through certification too.
On top of that though, there's now even a SteamVR driver! This means that you can use any of Monado's supported HMD and controllers to work with SteamVR. You can see the current status of that here, keeping in mind it's still early days for it and Collabora will be talking much more about the SteamVR driver in a future post.