NVIDIA seems to have become quite active these days. After launching Tegra 3, it has now decided to join hands with Linux.
A News confirmed that NVIDIA has joined the Linux Foundation, a group that is headed by Linus Torvalds (Founder of the Linux project) and spreads knowledge about Linux.
NVIDIA is one of the biggest GPU chipset manufacturers, after AMD. Its GeForce line of Graphic Processing Units is quite popular among both, casual and hardcore gamers of today.
It is not that NVIDIA GPUs earlier didn’t support Linux systems, but only after joining the foundation, it found itself in a position to more focus on the free and open source operating systems based on a Linux kernel. Nvidia has long followed Linux approach to drivers for its graphics cards, offering only proprietary ones and declining to participate in the open source Nouveau driver project, which depended much on reverse engineering.
NVIDIA’s increased participation in Linux can be regarded as a big news for users belonging to free and open source operating system. This means that games developed for NVIDIA GPUs (Such as Company of Heroes series) could now be developed for Linux too. Better graphics mean better results!
“Membership in The Linux Foundation will accelerate our collaboration with the organizations and individuals instrumental in shaping the future of Linux, enabling a great experience for users and developers of Linux,” Scott Pritchett, Nvidia’s vice president of Linux platform software was quoted as saying.
Of course, whether this means NVIDIA is committing to open source drivers for its chips remains to be seen!
Lets hope that Linux geeks get ‘gamified’ soon with this project by NVIDIA!