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Valve pulls in another graphics driver developer for Linux gaming

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Valve clearly still have plenty of big ambitions for Linux gaming and Steam Deck, and as it turns out recently they pulled in yet another developer to work on open source graphics drivers.

As pointed out in the GamingOnLinux Discord today, Alyssa Rosenzweig updated their Resume to note the latest work being "Valve (May 2023 - Present; contractor): Develop upstream graphics drivers to improve Linux gaming".

For those who don't know the name, Rosenzweig works on Asahi Linux for the reverse-engineering of the Apple Silicon GPU. Rosenzweig also previously worked for the open source consulting firm Collabora on Panfrost, the reverse-engineered open-source Linux drivers for Arm Mali GPUs.

Rosenzweig joins many others contracted by Valve to work on many different parts of Linux for gaming from the kernel to graphics drivers, Proton, Gamescope and multiple other projects. A lot of the work from Valve contractors has really helped improve both desktop Linux gaming and set the stage for the Steam Deck. 

Valve are clearly in it for the long run.

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CatKiller Jun 27, 2023
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I wonder if the focus is going to be Borealis (Steam on Chromebooks)? Steam on x86 Chromebooks is all well and good, but there are am awful lot of Arm Chromebooks out there. Having Arm performance expertise in-house would make it a whole lot easier to target those.
Liam Dawe Jun 27, 2023
Quoting: CatKillerI wonder if the focus is going to be Borealis (Steam on Chromebooks)? Steam on x86 Chromebooks is all well and good, but there are am awful lot of Arm Chromebooks out there. Having Arm performance expertise in-house would make it a whole lot easier to target those.
I reckon some of it is going to be towards whatever the Deckard VR headset turns out to be, since it will seemingly have a standalone mode.
MayeulC Jun 27, 2023
Alyssa is such an impressive dev, I'm excited to see what she does next.

Go Alyssa, you're a rockstar, show Carmack what you're made of :P
Linux_Rocks Jun 27, 2023
I just wish that they'd actually hire people instead of just using contractors. I've worked contract jobs before, and it's always in the back of your mind about the lack of job stability and/or security. Plus it would just make Valve's work on Linux look that much more serious, I feel. Cause then they'd have taken time to actually hire workers themselves.

Sorry if this is a bit off subject, but I feel that it's something that needs to be thought about more.
1ace Jun 27, 2023
QuoteRosenzweig previously worked on Asahi Linux for the reverse-engineering of the Apple Silicon GPU
And she still does 😉
Liam Dawe Jun 27, 2023
Quoting: 1ace
QuoteRosenzweig previously worked on Asahi Linux for the reverse-engineering of the Apple Silicon GPU
And she still does 😉
You're right, I misread the date line for that one. Ps *taps correction feature* ;)
Soulprayer Jun 27, 2023
That's great news! I'm so glad i've joined #teamlinux. :D
klh Jun 28, 2023
Quoting: Linux_RocksI just wish that they'd actually hire people instead of just using contractors. I've worked contract jobs before, and it's always in the back of your mind about the lack of job stability and/or security.

Given who we are talking about, it's more like it's in the back of Valve's mind that she might find something better and leave. At some point in a career contracting is better for the contractor.
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