Linus against Nvidia

In the last days Linus Torvalds called Nvidia "worst company".

I asked Nvidia what they want to do to support open source developer.

This is Nvidia official reply received.

Supporting Linux is important to NVIDIA, 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.

Recently, there have been some questions raised about our lack of support for our Optimus notebook technology. When we launched our Optimus notebook technology, it was with support for Windows 7 only.  The open source community rallied to work around this with support from the Bumblebee Open Source Project http://bumblebee-project.org/. And as a result, we've recently made Installer and readme changes in our R295 drivers that were designed to make interaction with Bumblebee easier.

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.  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.

As a result:

1) Linux end users benefit from same-day support for new GPUs , OpenGL version and extension parity between NVIDIA Windows and NVIDIA Linux support, and OpenGL performance parity between NVIDIA Windows and NVIDIA Linux.

2) We support a wide variety of GPUs on Linux, including our latest GeForce, Quadro, and Tesla-class GPUs, for both desktop and notebook platforms. Our drivers for these platforms are updated regularly, with seven updates released so far this year for Linux alone. The latest Linux drivers can be downloaded  from www.nvidia.com/object/unix.html.

3)  We are a very active participant in the ARM Linux kernel.  For the latest 3.4 ARM kernel – the next-gen kernel to be used on future Linux, Android, and Chrome distributions – NVIDIA ranks second in terms of total lines changed and fourth in terms of number of changesets for all employers or organizations.

At the end of the day, providing a consistent GPU experience across multiple platforms for all of our customers continues to be one of our key goals. 

3 commenti:

Nicu Buculei ha detto...

In other words, NVIDIA avoided the real issue raised by Linux and pointed elsewhere.

rabit ha detto...


"We either provide Linux community with great, highly-engineered drivers that make users happy, or we provide mediocre drivers that make kernel devs and open-source purists happy."

For my 10+ years of dealing with them, I've had very little trouble with NVIDIA drivers on Linux, which is pretty remarkable considering the mess of X11, kernels, and distros they have to deal with.

Nicu Buculei ha detto...

Back when I had NVIDIA hardware I remember how I delayed updating X.org since graphic drivers were not available, or updating and having to stay for a while with VESA or nv.

But Linus was not talking there about desktop, he was talking about Tegra chips in smartphones. NVIDIA tried to avoid the topic by pointing to desktop drivers.