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 lemur2 on Wed 25th Sep 2013 05:48 UTC
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It wouldn't surprise me if this is related to the SteamOS announcement.

Actually, I personally think that it is due to the release of Linux kernel 3.11, because this recently released Linux kernel (which includes open source drivers) for the first time supports dynamic power management and UVD hardware-accelerated video decoding for AMD/ATI GPUs.

Intel's open source drivers for Linux have long supported all features, including hardware-accelerated video decoding, and now AMD/ATI open source drivers have essentially caught up with Intel.

Having open source drivers is essential if Linux kernel developers wish to introduce significant changes to the open source graphics stack, such as the Wayland compositor for example.

So from right now, since the release of Linux kernel 3.11, one would strongly recommend either AMD or Intel graphics for a Linux system rather than nVidia. If a purchaser wants to install Linux on a bunch of new machines, the best advice right now is to avoid nVidia hardware. Just ask Linus.

Unless there is a competitive open source Linux driver for nVidia graphics developed soon, nVidia will presumably start to loose all Linux business.

Edited 2013-09-25 05:50 UTC

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