Nvidia Working On A Full-Blown Linux Distribution for Gamers — But Why?
Rumor has it that Nvidia is currently busy working on its own Linux distribution for gamers.
An alleged screen capture of an installer screen for this Linux OS has emerged online, from which it appears that Nvidia is planning to create a distribution for gamers similar to that operated by Valve.
Nvidia already has its Tegra-powered SHIELD TV and offers a variety of games over their cloud/streaming “GeForce NOW” service. So it’s highly unlikely that this full-blown Linux distribution, codenamed “NLINUX,” would be aimed at the SHIELD TV. Otherwise, the Tegra X1 would run into performance issues, and this would even risk cannibalizing the monthly subscription revenue off GeForce NOW.
So it’s hard to see what Nvidia is planning to get out of this Linux OS. The only use that comes in mind is on the desktop front, but then again why would the company want another Linux distribution into a crowded market when it can’t justify return for its all of its investment and efforts.
On top of that, Nvidia GeForce cards are already way ahead of AMD Radeon GPUs when it comes to the Linux gaming systems. So obviously it won’t be creating an “optimized” Linux OS to boost sales of their graphics cards for Linux gamers.
That being said, the only drive for Nvidia to pursue a Linux distribution could be to help game developers easily port their games/applications to Linux. What do you think of this Nvidia’s yet another Linux distribution for gamers?
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