From humanOS I read this news:
Facebook In recent years it has been characterized by making scandalous purchases, Instagram and more recently WhatsApp These are just two examples, now the multimillion-dollar company has gone for another somewhat less known, less popular, but with a not inconsiderable potential: Oculus VR
Facebook announced on Tuesday that it had reached a purchase agreement for Oculus VR, the maker of virtual reality glasses Oculus Rift, for US $ 2,000 billion (US $ 400 million in cash and 23.1 million Facebook shares, valued at about US $ 1,600). million based on current share price).
In the words of Mark Zuckerberg:
Facebook is on a mission to allow you to experience the impossible. Its technology opens up the possibility of completely new kinds of experiences
He further added:
Mobile platforms are today, and now we are also preparing for the platforms of the future (…) Oculus has the opportunity to create a never-before-seen social platform, and change the way we work, play and communicate.
Oculus Rift and Linux
La Oculus Rift compatibility with Linux has been recognized for some time, since Phoronix They have done tests and, from what they comment, it is something simple, basically plug-and-play. When connecting the Oculus Rift A secondary screen appears on the equipment that can be controlled from the system:
In fact, Richard tells us, when he hooked up the HDM (Rift Head Mounted Display) on his laptop with Linux in the terminal the following appeared:
usb 1-1.2: new full-speed USB device number 41 using ehci-pci usb 1-1.2: New USB device found, idVendor = 2833, idProduct = 0001 usb 1-1.2: New USB device strings: Mfr = 1, Product = 2, SerialNumber = 3 usb 1-1.2: Product: Tracker DK usb 1-1.2: Manufacturer: Oculus VR, Inc. usb 1-1.2: SerialNumber: 8GK4H3RGQMJ8 hid-generic 0003: 2833: 0001.0024: hiddev0, hydraw0: USB HID v1.10 .0000 Device [Oculus VR, Inc. Tracker DK] on usb-00: 1: 0a.1.2-0 / inputXNUMX
As you can see, it is almost plug-and-play. You can read more in your blog.
Still it is not known for sure what will happen with all this. However, perhaps Linux users will benefit. Yes, Facebook contributes its form to Open Source, for example a while ago Facebook started with the Open Sourced DataCenter Design, that is, it released a design for a Data Center using completely Open Source technology, perhaps in the future they will be forced or motivated to improve the compatibility of Oculus Rift with Linux. Currently with the popularity of smartphones and tablets Web technologies are on the rise, every day we are aware of the new devices that come onto the market in CES or similar, then we think about how to raise the money necessary to make ourselves that hardware wonder (whatever it is), we spend our savings, we go somewhere you can sell your used mobile, whatever it is for having the possibility of buying that gadget fresh from the 'oven', now I ask you, What do you think will happen if Facebook perfects and begins to commercialize this technology in the future?
We'll see what will happen to us Linux users in the future.
What will Facebook be up to?