Nvidia responds to Torvalds' F-bomb

Summary:In a nutshell: Nvidia makes it clear that it isn't going to change the way it works.

Graphics chip maker Nvidia has responded to Linus Torvalds' F-bomb ladened rant against the company for its lack of support for the Linux platform.

During a Q&A session at the Aalto University in Finland, Torvalds identifies Nvidia as "the single worst company we've ever dealt with" before unexpectedly turning to the camera and delivering an F-bomb complete with the middle finger gesture.

"Supporting Linux is important to NVIDIA," writes a spokesperson, "and we understand that there are people who are as passionate about Linux as an open source platform as we are passionate about delivering an awesome GPU experience".

According to the spokesperson's response, the reason that for the lack of support on Linux for the Optimus notebook technology is that when it was launched there was only support for it on Windows 7. Following that, the open source community got to work on support with the Bumblebee Open Source Project. Nvidia then made changes to the installer and 'readme' files in the R295 drivers to allow them to interact with Bumblebee easier.

"While we understand that some people would prefer us to provide detailed documentation on all of our GPU internals," wrote the Nvidia spokesperson, "or be more active in Linux kernel community development discussions, we have made a decision to support Linux on our GPUs by leveraging NVIDIA common code, rather than the Linux common infrastructure."

"While this may not please everyone, it does allow us to provide the most consistent GPU experience to our customers, regardless of platform or operating system".

In other words, Nvidia isn't going to change the way it works, no matter how many how many times Torvalds flips them off.

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Topics: Linux, Open Source, Operating Systems, Processors, Software

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