|Hardly a week goes by these days without some fresh news that another company has joined the Linux Foundation, and it's always exciting to hear about the organization's continuing growth.|
Every once in a while, however, such announcements take on particular significance when they involve companies whose new commitment to Linux is especially notable--like when Broadcom joined last year, for example.
Well, this week has brought another such announcement. Not just one but four companies have joined the Linux Foundation this week, in fact, and among them are a name that's nothing if not notable in the Linux world: Nvidia.
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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