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NVIDIA Is Joining the Linux Foundation 113 113

Norsefire writes "NVIDIA is joining the Linux Foundation, along with three other to-be-announced companies. From the article: 'As one of the three big makers of graphics chips for PCs--the other two are Intel and AMD, both of which are longtime Linux Foundation members--Nvidia's increased participation in Linux could be big news for users of the free and open source operating system. Nvidia has long taken a closed approach to Linux drivers for its graphics cards, offering only a proprietary one and declining to participate in the open source Nouveau driver project, which has depended instead on reverse engineering.'"
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NVIDIA Is Joining the Linux Foundation

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  • Not for graphics (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 07, 2012 @06:53PM (#39281471)

    The summary implies that the submitter thinks this is going to improve things with respect to their graphics drivers. Come on. Not likely. They're doing this as an ARM manufacturer, NOT as a GPU manufacturer.

  • by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) on Wednesday March 07, 2012 @07:11PM (#39281705) Journal
    Better linux support for the notoriously eccentric ARM SoCs of the world certainly isn't a bad thing; but it does seem likely that Nvidia's interests align with Linux's interests in roughly the same way that IBM's do:

    They are entirely happy to see a cheap and capable OS available to sit between their expensive hardware and their proprietary software; but they aren't exactly thinking of changing the status of either of those two...
  • by Taco Cowboy (5327) on Wednesday March 07, 2012 @07:18PM (#39281779) Journal

    Does that mean Nvidia gonna open source the driver for the graphic cards using Nvidia chips?

    Does that mean that the Linux commodities finally got tweak the Nvidia drivers to the point that they can get to squeeze the last drop of performance out of Nvidia graphic chips?

    If yes, welcome to the Linux Foundation

    If no, then what's the meaning of joining?

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