Linus Torvalds is known for a number of things - being the chief developer behind the Linux movement, the kernel and recently for having won the Millenium Technology Prize for 2012. He’s also now in the news for having said “F**k you" to NVIDIA. Linus was speaking at the Aalto Center for Entrepreneurship and was being asked questions on a number of things regarding Linux, the operating system he helped develop. One of the questions asked by a woman in the audience was about a problem with a notebook that had two graphics solutions, one from Intel and the other from NVIDIA. She said that she was disappointed to see no support from NVIDIA and partial support only came roughly six months ago. She asked Linus about this opinion on this problem.
Linus expressing his thoughts on NVIDIA
Linus responded to the question, “I know exactly what you’re talking about and I’m very happy to say that it’s the exception rather than the rule. And, I am also happy to very publicly point out that NVIDIA HAS been one of the worst trouble spots we’ve had with hardware manufacturers and that is really sad because NVIDIA tries to sell chips, a lot of CHIPs into the Android market and NVIDIA has been the single worst company we’ve ever dealt with. So NVIDIA, F**k you!” He went on to clarify that NVIDIA wasn’t the only company, and that there were many others, who didn’t offer hardware support for Linux. The entire talk with Linus Torvalds is hosted by the Aalto Center for Entrepreneurship's YouTube channel. You can watch the question and the response here.
Linux is an operating system that has been under development, since the early 90s and it has got its set of followers. It’s more popularly used as a server environment operating system, but like the server OS, it’s also available in various forms for the desktop. Linus Torvalds is one of the key people responsible for the kernel. One of the problems Linux faces is poor support from software and hardware vendors. For example, Linux lacks support for game developers and there are very few titles available for the OS, especially when compared to Windows. Also, hardware vendors rarely offer updates and drivers for their hardware to run on Linux.