Linus Torvalds, the creator of the Linux kernel, as opened up many cans on numerous people and distros, but this one definitely stands out. And for the obvious reasons - obviously.
Linus goes on to say in an event in his native Finland that NVIDIA is "The single worst company" that they work with.
NVIDIA does have a history of Linux. They are most notible for making graphics cards, but they are also in the ARM mobile space, making the Tegra series of processors.
Here is a snippet from Wired. They wrote an excellent article.:
"Late last week, during an event in his native Finland, Torvalds went so far as to hurl an expletive at the chipmaker and flip it the proverbial bird, and when we contacted the company about this on Monday, it could not be reached to comment. But the company has now responded with a brief statement that seeks to explain why it doesn’t work to include its Linux hardware drivers in the core open source code for the OS.
Basically, the company prefers to offer its own proprietary drivers for running its graphics hardware with Linux, rather than rolling driver code into the Linux kernel. “While we understand that some people would prefer us to provide detailed documentation on all of our GPU internals, 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,” reads a canned statement from Nvidia. “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.”
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This is a video of when Linus dropped the F-BOMB, and the shot the bird at NVIDIA. What is the most funniest is when the rest of the crowd laughed after he said what he said.
I recommend you check out the full Wired article, because it covers this alot more in detail.
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