Nvidia Offers Olive Branch To Linux Devs

Written by Jon Sutton on Wed, Sep 25, 2013 1:40 PM
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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!

 

 

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21:19 Sep-25-2013

why i am not surprised? linux really nvidia seriously how low can u go... i think nvidia have lost it? to my mind a number drivers for each card last only a year and half then buy a new expensive nvidia card? okay then have problems with software everytime then again buy a new card gets expensive and annoying... thats just me but it is annoying cause they do make good cards :) but then they make bad cards as well :( then amd however always seem to be on top by right price and stable drivers? most of the time and drivers can last u upto three years on amd :) my vote sticking to amd never give trouble these days besides the fixer ad LOL!!! :)

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20:42 Sep-25-2013

I have some nVidia drivers for my Linux Kubuntu and they work fine :Đ

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18:02 Sep-25-2013

That pic has been saved... Never fails to crack me up...

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12:07 Sep-26-2013

I'm sure you're aware that Linus is Finnish? ;)

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16:24 Sep-26-2013

Yes I am...

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17:30 Sep-25-2013

dat pic always cracks me up ...

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14:00 Sep-25-2013

That's because of steamOS

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15:11 Sep-25-2013

Maybe nvidia have a partnership with valve for the supposedly upcoming steambox and they want to have a better relationship with the company behind the OS. conspiracy keanu

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16:38 Sep-25-2013

They missed the console opportunity, so I can see why.

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17:33 Sep-25-2013

I read that it wasn't a "missed opportunity".Nvidia stated that it wasn't worth it.

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17:38 Sep-25-2013

Of course they're going to say that.

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17:46 Sep-25-2013

Well yeah I guess we'll never know what really happened.Anyway maybe they actually see an opportunity this time with steambox.We will know very soon.

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