Linux guru Linus Torvalds gives Nvidia the middle finger for not supporting Linux

Linus Torvalds has often been known for his ‘openness’. In a forum hosted by Aalto Center for Entrepreneurship in Otaniemi, Finland on June 14, he shared his thoughts on Nvidia (again).

When asked by a woman about the lack of support from Nvidia for Linux systems, Linus Torvalds expressed his hate for Nvidia, which is one of the largest suppliers of computer chips (largely graphics chips but lately been venturing into processors, too, thanks to Android) in the world.

The woman asked:

“I was expecting that Nvidia would kind of chip in and do something…[but] they said flat out ‘no’ they’re not doing any support. What’s your comments on this?”

Though Torvalds started off normally, in a sad note, he didn’t forget to show his contempt for the California-based company, Nvidia.

“Nvidia has been one of the worst trouble spots we’ve had with hardware manufacturers. And that’s really sad because Nvidia tries to sell chips, a lot of chips into the Android market. And Nvidia has been the single worst company we’ve every dealt with,” he said.

And he added, “So, Nvidia, f*** you”.

He also gestured the word with his middle-finger. Tune to 48:13 of the full length video of the discussion below, to see the whole action for yourself.

Nvidia, as most of us know, has been producing chips for hundreds of thousands of Linux based devices, Android being the main recipient. So, it is up to us, the consumers, to decide whether what Torvalds said is something which needs to be applauded and needs real thought from Nvidia; or whether what Torvalds was blowing steam. It is also worth mentioning Torvalds may be talking in reference to Nvidia support (or lack thereof) for Linux on traditional computers (i.e. laptops and desktops) as opposed to Nvidia support for Linux-based mobile devices (i.e. Android); and, as CNET states, Nvidia has no obligations to support Linux if they feel it is not worth devoting the resources to.

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[via CNET]

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  • Godwin

    I believe Optimus users are the most affected, not being able to leverage their switchable graphics ability to save power.

  • Mr Wdhpr

    This has always been a troubling aspect with linux. I find that its better just to go with the default video driver although I have had success with the non free drivers available.

  • Harrkev

    Well, I certainly do not even consider nVidia for desktop graphics cards for that reason.

  • Col. Panek

    Add Creative to the fecal register, for their non-existent Linux drivers.

    If you have a gadget that has a Linux driver, it just plugs in and works with no hassle. Printers, old scanners, TV cards, anything. No serching for the disks, etc. ….BUT if there’s no drivers, you’re farkled.