It appears Amazon is considering a shift to Linux-based servers as the company recently announced that it is hiring three software engineers to bring Windows games to Linux. The idea isn’t to abandon Windows, the new Luna initiative will still run Windows games, but now, it will do it through Valve’s Proton compatibility layer. All three jobs were posted on December 6th, and they also all mention “DXVK,” a helpful tool that translates from Microsoft’s Direct3D graphics APIs to Vulkan instead.
“We are always exploring ways to deliver a better experience for our customers, including working closely with game developers and the community on those experiences. Hiring employees with Proton and Linux experience is important for Luna and Amazon,” said George Tsipolitis, Head of Engineering at Amazon Luna, in a written statement.
It’s not quite clear why Amazon might want to adopt Linux. However, it might be about keeping Amazon Luna’s games easily sandboxed so that new updates don’t break compatibility.
The Proton gaming community will be quick to tell you that Windows games can often run well on Linux these days, though some have issues — and one category, in particular, multiplayer games with anti-cheat software, can be problematic. Valve is pushing to improve that in time for the Steam Deck’s launch in February, though, and now it seems Amazon may help convince developers, too.
(All information was provided by The Verge)