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Nvidia releases open source 3D drivers

05 Apr 2013
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Nvidia is working to further reach out to Linux users by releasing its 3D Tegra driver code into the open source space.

Developers with partner firm Avionics Designs posted a series of code updates which, when deployed will allow drivers for Linux systems running the Tegra system on a chip (SoC) platform to take advantage of the Nvidia platform's 3D capabilities. The release builds on the 2012 unveiling of 2D Tegra drivers through open-source Linux code.

Avoinics developer Thierry Reding said that the code update would be made available in a series of three patches available through GitHub.

"This small series of patches adds support for the 3D engine found on Nvidia Tegra SoCs," the developer wrote.

"A couple of things still need to be done before this can be merged, though."

The release comes as Nvidia is working to expand its hardware reach into new markets. Last month, the company unveiled an integrated network appliance designed to host high-performance VDI workstation instances.

Nvidia has not always had such a cozy relationship with the Linux and open source world.

In 2012 Linux creator Linus Torvalds blasted the company when he declared Nvidia to be the "single worst company" for open source developers to work with.

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Shaun Nichols

Shaun Nichols is the US correspondent for He has been with the company since 2006, originally joining as a news intern at the site's San Francisco offices.

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