Nvidia has been the subject of much criticism over the years from the Linux community, reaching boiling point last year when Linus Torvalds, principle developer of Linux of the original Linux kernal, dropped an F-bomb on Nvidia.
It now seems as if Nvidia is making strides to get back into Torvald’s good books, conveniently just in time for tonight’s unveiling from Valve...
Nvidia’s Andy Ritger has e-mailed the developers of Nouveau, an open-source driver for Nvidia cards on Linux. "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. We intend to provide more documentation over time, and guidance in additional areas as we are able."
This very much looks like the proverbial olive branch to us, with one developer saying that "The stuff Nvidia wants to offer in the future is much more interesting, really. That does sound like a good start, though." It’s unknown exactly what else Nvidia are going to be offering going forward, but it’s certainly very convenient that this about-turn has occurred in the same week as Valve’s SteamOS unveiling…
Torvalds reaction to Nvidias email was one of cautious optimism, “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."
So there you have it, a change of tack from Nvidia, but what shenanigans are they really up to?
Is this simply them getting in the Linux bandwagon after hearing the SteamOS announcement or do you think they have something bigger in store?
Let us know your convoluted conspiracy theories below!