NVIDIA today announced that they have started publishing their GPU kernel modules for Linux systems as open-source on GitHub as a first towards providing the community with an open NVIDIA graphics driver.
The open-source Linux GPU kernel modules have a dual GPL/MIT license and they will be available starting with the upcoming NVIDIA 515.x.x series of their proprietary graphics driver, which entered public beta testing today with an updated installer, updated RTD3 video memory utilization threshold, improved Vulkan support, updated NVIDIA X Server Settings, and other changes.
As you can expect, NVIDIA open-sourcing their Linux GPU kernel modules will open the door to new contributions from the Linux community to make the NVIDIA graphics driver usable on more systems and to provide users with an out-of-the-box user experience, with Canonical and SUSE as the first Open Source companies to package the new open-source GPU kernel modules for their Ubuntu and SUSE Linux Enterprise distributions.
“This release is a significant step toward improving the experience of using NVIDIA GPUs in Linux, for tighter integration with the OS and for developers to debug, integrate, and contribute back,” said NVIDIA.
With each new release of their graphics driver, NVIDIA will publish a snapshot of the source code on GitHub to allow those who want to make contributions to help improve the quality and security of the NVIDIA graphics driver for Linux systems.
The upcoming NVIDIA 515 graphics driver family will be the first release to also ship with the source code.
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