Linus Torvalds flips off Nvidia for not suppporting Linux

By on June 18, 2012
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Linux creator not happy with Nvidia.

In a recent Q&A session at the Aalto University in Finland, Linus Torvalds, one of the key developers for the Linux OS, was asked about Nvidia’s support for the OS. The question asked specifically was the lack of support from Nvidia by one of the students, to which Linus replied with a certain sense of disappointment and a bit of aggression, saying that “Nvidia has been the single worst company we have dealt with.”

Linus’s frustration comes from the fact that Nvidia are pushing their Tegra hardware based on ARM chips to Android based smartphones and tablets. The software is optimized to bring out the best from the Tegra engine, which is on the Android OS, a platform that is in turn based on Linux.

While the entire interview is really worth the watch, you can skip to 48:14 to see the actual question about Nvidia’s poor support on Linux and Linus’s answer.


It will be interesting to see a response, if any, from Nvidia’s outspoken CEO Jen-Hsun Huang about this public denouncement of his company from Linus.



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