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Linux Foundation Ranks Bolstered By NVIDIA And Others

Darryl K. Taft covers IBM, big data and a number of other topics for TechWeekEurope and eWeek

The Linux Foundation has grown its ranks after new members, including GPU maker NVIDIA, signed up

The non-profit group, the Linux Foundation, which is dedicated to driving the growth of Linux, has signed up four new members: Fluendo, Lineo Solutions, Mocana and NVIDIA.

The new members represent increased acceleration of Linux in areas such as mobile and embedded development, security and multimedia, the foundation said.

Companies see the benefits of Linux and the collaborative development model as key advantages in the future of computing and are adopting the operating system for a variety of applications.

New Members

NVIDIA, which invented the Graphical Processing Unit (GPU) in 1999, delivers these multi-core processors enable PC gamers to enjoy fully immersive worlds and professionals to design everything from the latest cars to digital film characters. Their parallel processing capabilities provide researchers and scientists with the ability to efficiently run high-performance applications, and they are deployed in supercomputing sites around the world. More recently, NVIDIA has moved into the mobile computing market, where its processors power phones and tablets, as well as auto infotainment systems.

“NVIDIA is strongly committed to enabling world-class experiences and innovation with our GPU and mobile products,” said Scott Pritchett, vice president of Linux Platform Software at NVIDIA, in a statement. “Membership in The Linux Foundation will accelerate our collaboration with the organisations and individuals instrumental in shaping the future of Linux, enabling a great experience for users and developers of Linux.”

“The ongoing support from companies and organisations 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, in a statement. “Fluendo, Lineo Solutions, Mocana and NVIDIA each represent important areas of the Linux ecosystem and their contributions will immediately help advance the operating system.”

Fluendo is a leading multimedia software development company and GStreamer expert. The company specialises in software development and consulting services to enable multimedia on a variety of devices and operating systems.

Lineo Solutions has more than 19 years of experience in Linux and embedded systems development. The company helps its customers speed time to market with professional services, tools and training in this area.

Meanwhile, Mocana is a device-agnostic security platform that protects mobile devices, apps and the information and services that run across them.