Nvidia slammed as 'worst hardware company'

Jun 18, 2012 3:00 PM
Filed under Hardware

Linux founder flips off partner.

Open source guru Linus Torvalds has branded Nvidia the "single worst company" that the Linux Foundation has ever dealt with to support the Linux operating system.

In a speech to Aalto University in Finland, Torvalds said Nvidia was "the exception rather than the rule" when it comes to Linux support.

Nvidia joined the Linux Foundation in March of this year, hoping it would "accelerate ... collaboration with the organisations and individuals instrumental in shaping the future of Linux".

The question starts at 48:22 minutes in.

"I'm ... happy to very publicly point out that Nvidia has been one of the worst trouble spot we've had with hardware manufacturers," Torvalds said.

"Nvidia has been the single worst company we've ever dealt with."

Torvalds immediately sought to clarify his position on Nvidia.

"Don't get me wrong. I'm not saying that other companies are perfect either," he said.

"We have had companies that just don't care, we've had companies that felt that Linux wasn't a big enough market.

"At the same time theres a lot of companies that have been very helpful since very early days.

"I think it's very sad when you sell hardware and you actually use Linux, and you are being really difficult about it."

Torvalds' comments were overshadowed in part by a joke gesture towards a camera in the room.

They were also tempered by the likes of Ubergizmo, which noted that Linux driver support by Nvidia wasn't a new issue and that there were intellectual property reasons behind why Nvidia isn't as invested in Linux as Torvalds had potentially hoped.

 
Follow us on Facebook and Twitter
 

Copyright © iTnews.com.au . All rights reserved.

Promo

Nvidia slammed as 'worst hardware company' Linus Torvalds. (Credit: Aalto University)
 
 
 
 
 
Top Stories
Datacom wins school deal as Ruckus beats Xirrus
Wireless vendors go head-to-head.
 
Harvey Norman closes five stores, rakes in $270m profit
Cuts franchise support by $22 million.
 
Inabox to help partners acquire "struggling" rivals
Emulating TPG and Vocus by plotting small-scale rollups.
 
Sign up to receive CRN email bulletins
   FOLLOW US...
Polls
Which distributor's cloud marketplace will be most successful?






Latest Comments
CRN Magazine

Issue: 340 | July 2015

CRN Magazine looks in-depth at the emerging issues and developments for the channel, and provides insight, analysis and strategic information to help resellers better run their businesses.