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NVIDIA now a member of The Linux Foundation

by Rob Zwetsloot

The major graphics chip manufacturer joins Fleundo, Lineo Solutions, and Mocana to be welcomed to The Linux Foundaton

The Linux Foundation have announced the addition of new members to their organisation, including graphics giant NVIDIA. Drivers for NVIDIA hardware are already officially supported on Linux, although they are currently closed source.

Joining NVIDIA as new members are: Fluendo, one of the major companies behind GStreamer; Lineo Solutions, creator of embedded Linux systems; and Mocana, a security platform for mobile devices and apps. The Linux Foundation made this statement in their press release:

“The ongoing support from companies and organizations across industries and geographies demonstrates not only Linux’s ubiquity but also its ability to quickly adapt for a variety of technical and market opportunities,” said Amanda McPherson, vice president of marketing and developer services at The Linux Foundation. “Fluendo, Lineo Solutions, Mocana and NVIDIA each represent important areas of the Linux ecosystem and their contributions will immediately help advance the operating system.”

Benefits gained from membership include discounts on Linux training, exclusive content and briefing information on the state of Linux, and easier ways to collaborate on open source issues.

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    • Terry Ternan

      Does this mean the Linux kernel does or will support the NVidia Tegra 3 CPU?

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    • Could this mean that NVIDIA are going to change their mind and provide Linux support for their Optimus technology?
      (Because earlier they stated that they have no such plans: )

    • the Goat

      Why would they grant Nvidia membership without requiring them to provide open documentation for their products?

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    • Geoff Halsey

      If you do have trouble installing NVidia drivers on Linux try edgers ppa. Saved me, when all hope was lost, on more than one occassion.

      Example is for a GeForce 210

      Install latests 340 driver like this:

      ~$ sudo mdm stop

      ~$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:xorg-edgers

      ~$ sudo apt-get update

      ~$ sudo apt-get install nvidia-340

      ~$ sudo nvidia-xconfig

      ~$ sudo shutdown -r now

      ~$ sudo add-apt-repository –remove ppa:xorg-edgers

      Last line is important. Don’t leave a 3rd party ppa on your system. You don’t know where they’ve been.