Linux Foundation Welcomes Nvidia, Others as New Members

The Linux Foundation announced that GPU maker Nvidia and three other companies have joined its ranks as members.

The Linux Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, recently added 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.

Nvidia, which invented the Graphical Processing Unit (GPU) in 1999, delivers these multi-core processors that 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.

€œNvidia 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. €œMembership 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.€

€œThe 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, in a statement. €œFluendo, 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 specializes in software development and consulting services to enable multimedia on a variety of devices and operating systems. Fluendo employs several of the central developers of GStreamer, an open-source framework, and provides a range of products under and above GStreamer, such as legal playback plug-ins, a DVD Player and a media center.

€œBy joining The Linux Foundation, we can build upon our community collaboration on the technical, promotional and legal fronts,€ said Muriel Paumier-Moscardini, CEO of Fluendo, in a statement. €œLinux is an integral part of multimedia systems, and we are committed to contributing to its advancement in this area. We are convinced that this partnership is a great opportunity to contribute with the Linux ecosystem from a technical, legal and commercial perspective.€

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.

€œLinux is leading the way forward in the mobile and embedded software space,€ said Akira Kobayashi, president of Lineo Solutions, in a statement. €œThe Linux Foundation understands this and has moved to prioritize a variety of mobile and embedded Linux initiatives in which we are looking forward to participating.€

Meanwhile, Mocana is a device-agnostic security platform that protects mobile devices, apps, and the information and services that run across them. Devices from more than 180 companies leverage the Mocana device security platform, including enterprise and consumer electronics from Cisco, Honeywell, Dell, General Electric, General Dynamics, Avaya and Harris, among others.

€œAs the Internet evolves into the Internet of Things, security needs to evolve, too,€ said Kurt Stammberger, a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and vice president of market development at Mocana. €œTechnologies and best practices developed over the past 20 years for networks of PCs need to be totally rethought when most of the nodes on the network are now non-PC devices, like phones, tablets, medical implants, smart grid meters, industrial automation and consumer electronics. As one of the most robust and security-friendly operating systems, Linux provides us a dependable platform for delivering the confidence consumers and enterprise users need. By joining The Linux Foundation, we have immediate access to the technical collaboration and resources we need to help secure the Internet of Things."