Nvidia takes steps to reconcile with Linux developers

Wednesday, 25th September 2013 12:04 GMT By Dave Owen

Last year Linus Torvalds, project coordinator at Linux, said that Nvidia was “the single worst company” the Linux kernal has ever worked with. In fact, he famously gave them the finger. But it looks as if relations are thawing, as Nvidia has pledged to improve the usability of its kit with open source drivers. Torvalds has changed his stance to “cautiously optimistic.”

Andy Ritger of Nvidia has emailed developers of Nouveau, an open source driver designed to accommodate Nvidia cards on Linux PCs.

“Nvidia is releasing public documentation on certain aspects of our GPUs, with the intent to address areas that impact the out-of-the-box usability of Nvidia GPUs with Nouveau,” he wrote. “We intend to provide more documentation over time, and guidance in additional areas as we are able.”

It’s a small move, but one that speaks of serious intent to make Nvidia more Linux-friendly.

“More BIOS-related information is in the pipeline,” the company’s Andy Ritger told Ars Technica. “Our goal is for the Nouveau driver to give NVIDIA users a reasonable out-of-the-box experience. This entails things like successful GPU initialization, display configuration, and basic 2D and 3D rendering.”

Ars Technica also spoke to Torvalds: “I’m cautiously optimistic that this is a real shift in how Nvidia perceives Linux. The actual docs released so far are fairly limited, and in themselves they wouldn’t be a big thing, but if Nvidia really does follow up and start opening up more, that would certainly be great.

“They’ve already been much better in the ARM SoC space than they were on the more traditional GPU side, and I really hope that some day I can just apologize for ever giving them the finger.”

Source: PCGamesN, via Ars Technica



  1. monkeygourmet

    NVIDIA and Valve, in a tree…

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Pytox

    i c what u did there

    #2 1 year ago
  3. viralshag

    So basically, now that Valve are looking at Linux seriously we need to make friends so not to be left behind by those with better relationships than us…

    #3 1 year ago
  4. pcbros

    The Linux revolution is upon us… Mua-ha-ha-ha!

    #4 1 year ago
  5. mongbatstar

    There was some real nerd rage too when he said fuck you to Nvidia.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. monkeygourmet


    I lol’d! :)

    #6 1 year ago
  7. DSB

    I swear, Linus Torvalds looks like a Bond villain. Dude is building a moon laser, mark my words.

    @3 Haha. I’m pretty sure that’s exactly what’s happening right now :P

    #7 1 year ago
  8. MrWaffles

    Nvidia knows the android adoption is a first step towards a big shift to a linux world and they want to be in the front seat.

    P.S: kernel*

    #8 1 year ago

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