Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 24th Sep 2013 22:45 UTC, submitted by ddc_
3D News, GL, DirectX

Few companies have been the target of as much criticism in the Linux community as Nvidia. Linus Torvalds himself last year called Nvidia the "single worst company" Linux developers have ever worked with, giving the company his middle finger in a public talk.

Nvidia is now trying to get on Linux developers' good side. Yesterday, Nvidia's Andy Ritger e-mailed developers of Nouveau, an open source driver for Nvidia cards that is built by reverse engineering Nvidia's proprietary drivers. Ritger wrote that "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."

It wouldn't surprise me if this is related to the SteamOS announcement.

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by Flatland_Spider on Wed 25th Sep 2013 01:43 UTC
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A better out of the box experience has been cited as one reason, and someone mentioned this would benefit Tegra as well since the drivers are similar. Nvidia has been very keen on making sure Tegra is well supported.

Intel has been putting a lot of pressure on Nvidia in the low end, and Intel's FOSS driver program has made them the go to hardware provider. Intel's IGPs are decent products, and if all you want to do is browse the web and run a compositor, they are just as good as Nvidia. For performance or lots of monitors, an addin card from Nvidia or AMD is still needed, but they aren't the must have item they used to be.

Intel is encroaching on Tegra's turf with the new Atoms, and Nvidia is fighting them in addition to Samsung and Qualcomm. Qualcomm has no desire to be open source friendly, and Samsung is all about the bill of materials so their commitment waivers when the price is right. Intel just wants to sell hardware to keep the fabs rollings. They have shown they will give away the kitchen sink to get marketshare, and they will have to in order to break into the mobile game.

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