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Linus Torvalds Gives 'Thumbs Up' To Nvidia For Nouveau Contributions 169

sfcrazy writes "Linus Torvalds has had some harsh words for Nvidia in the past. Their failure to work constructively with the Linux community is especially disappointing in light of the company's large presence in the Android market. That said, where there is life, there is change, and that is just what happened yesterday. Torvalds publicly gave a thumbs-up to Nvidia for contributing basic support for the recently released Nvidia K1 processor to Nouveau; something that was totally unexpected but received with open arms. 'Hey, this time I'm raising a thumb for nvidia. Good times,' said Linus."
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Linus Torvalds Gives 'Thumbs Up' To Nvidia For Nouveau Contributions

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  • by Anonymous Coward
    That caused me to never buy another nVidia product since.
    • Re: (Score:1, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward

      I think moderators jumped the gun here. It is a fair point to make that the commenter voted with his wallet.

    • by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 03, 2014 @10:54PM (#46146807)

      nVidia's drivers have been the reason I've consistently purchased their products. On any OS, ATi/AMD have been consistently buggy and useless.

  • by TrollstonButterbeans ( 2914995 ) on Monday February 03, 2014 @09:28PM (#46146319)
    Nothing wrong with being an ass, if the cause is just and the talent is used in moderation.

    The results and tact that Linus uses this falls clearly in the acceptable category. He believes in high standards, but never goes out-of-bounds into silly land.

    Something to admire, in my book.
  • Not that I really want to continue with AMD under linux, but Linus should give them the middle finger too.
    • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 04, 2014 @01:00AM (#46147369)

      Why, exactly?

      - AMD's open driver is in *awesome* shape in latest 3.13, 3.12 brought the biggest improvements.
      - AMD has been invested millions in open projects like Gallium3D, Mesa, etc to improve their drivers.
      - AMD has been released specs for their hardware since 2006.

  • Then its good enough for me too. So "Thumbs up!" Nvidia!

  • Another factor that might be pushing vendors to provide information to open source developers and/or publishing open source drivers is the fallout from the Snowden revelations.

    People worldwide have awakened to the possibility that malware may be imbedded in closed drivers and firmware (including closed "binary blobs" embedded in open-source drivers). Indeed, it WAS imbedded in some - and sold as a feature. (Example: Intel's AMT, early versions of which lived in and ran from the Ethernet interface firmwar

  • I have an NVIDIA graphic card that goes back a few years, and NVIDIA still supports it and updates the drivers. I have an AMD/ATI graphics card that is significantly less old, and they do not support it, as the drivers are dated. I have called AMD a few times about this and wrote to them, but they brush it off. I want to see AMD/ATI pick up the slack and support their products. Then I will keep buying them.
  • I've been using nVidia cards on my Linux workstations for many years. Well, I recently found out the hard way that Xinerama is broken on any driver version after 319. Ouch. And has been for the last 9 months and with no response from nVdia. Double ouch. Thumbs down.
  • by mupuf ( 2617831 ) on Tuesday February 04, 2014 @05:43AM (#46148125) Homepage

    Hey, I'm a Nouveau developer and I had a chance to discuss with an nvidia engineer @ FOSDEM. This collaboration is strictly limited to Tegra and on the kernel side (at least for the moment).

    There is some overlap with the desktop cards (mostly Kepler family) which will allow us to benefit of this collaboration in more than the SoC world. This is however very interesting and I'm really looking forward to seeing how it will pan out!

  • Is upward thumbs is the equivalent of a middle finger?

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