NVIDIA employee offers to help Linux community

The recent outburst by Linus Torvalds seems to have received a positive reaction from NVIDIA, as the company recently mentioned that they would take Linux more seriously, as they were important. Stephen Warren, an NVIDIA employee also sent out a mailer to the Kernel Summit mailing list asking for a different approach for better support towards Linux. As reported, Warren mentioned that, “In a Google+ comment, Linus noted that we have mainly been contributing patches for Tegra SoC infra-structure details. I'm curious what other areas people might expect me/NVIDIA to contribute to. I assume the issue is mainly the lack of open support for the graphics-related parts of our HW, but perhaps there's some expectation that we'd also start helping out some core area of the kernel too? Would that kind of thing help our image even if we didn't open up our HW?” 

NVIDIA still going all guns blazing

NVIDIA still going all guns blazing



Besides this, Warren asked for further suggestions for improvements further mentioning that, “Within the constraints I have, what should I and perhaps other NVIDIA employees be contributing to in the kernel?” That’s exactly the reaction Linus must have been hoping for as the main aim of his outburst was to get more support towards Linux. In addition to that, he asked if there were any novel ideas that he could take back to NVIDIA to help persuade any kind of opening up. 


Linux is an operating system that has been under development, since the early 90s and it has got its own set of dedicated 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 has been one of the key people responsible for the kernel. One of the problems Linux has been recently facing is poor support from software and hardware vendors. For example, Linux has been lacking 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.


For those not in the know, this message is a reaction to an earlier episode where Linus Torvalds 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 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. With this recent bit of news though, things look set to change for the better for Linux. 

Published Date: Jun 25, 2012 11:13 am | Updated Date: Jun 25, 2012 11:13 am