Linked by timl on Sun 5th Jun 2011 16:25 UTC
Microsoft "Microsoft and Nvidia have an agreement in place that spells out terms relating to a possible acquisition of the graphics and mobile processor manufacturer, regulatory documents indicate. The deal gives Microsoft the exclusive right to match any offer for 30% or more of Nvidia's outstanding shares by a third-party." The agreement appears to be over 10 years old, dating back to the time of the contract for the GPU of the original X-Box. It has likely gained relevance again now that Microsoft allegedly wants to more closely control hardware of tablets running its upcoming Windows 8 OS.
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Only one real concern
by pantheraleo on Mon 6th Jun 2011 02:25 UTC
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2007-03-07

I have only one real concern if this goes through, and that is the future of official accelerated Nvidia drivers on Linux. Hopefully Microsoft will continue to produce them if they buy Nvidia. If not, hopefully ATI will jump on the opportunity and start producing a decent accelerated driver for Linux.

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RE: Only one real concern
by Liquidator on Mon 6th Jun 2011 04:44 in reply to "Only one real concern"
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2007-03-04

Hopefully Microsoft will continue to produce them if they buy Nvidia.


Of course they won't! They want to control hardware and to beat the competition. Linux is a threat for M$.

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RE[2]: Only one real concern
by pantheraleo on Mon 6th Jun 2011 12:31 in reply to "RE: Only one real concern"
pantheraleo Member since:
2007-03-07

Of course they won't! They want to control hardware and to beat the competition. Linux is a threat for M$.


On the desktop? No, it's not. On the server, obviously it is. But servers don't usually have need of accelerated video anyway.

On one hand, I can see Microsoft continuing to produce Nvidia drivers for Linux so they can sell more video chipsets. Like I said, Linux simply isn't a threat to Microsoft on the desktop. On the other hand though, given that Linux has around 1% of the desktop market share, I can also see Microsoft arguing that it's not profitable to produce Linux drivers, and use that as a reason to stop making them.

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RE: Only one real concern
by Neolander on Mon 6th Jun 2011 05:52 in reply to "Only one real concern"
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2010-03-08

I think that by opening up their specs, ATI have already done the best they could in this regard.

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RE: Only one real concern
by shmerl on Mon 6th Jun 2011 06:07 in reply to "Only one real concern"
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2010-06-08

Don't hope for anything MS does. Hope they won't lay their paws on Nvidia.

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RE[2]: Only one real concern
by 0brad0 on Tue 7th Jun 2011 00:13 in reply to "RE: Only one real concern"
0brad0 Member since:
2007-05-05

Don't hope for anything MS does. Hope they won't lay their paws on Nvidia.


M$ getting their paws on NV would be best for everyone. M$ please put this garbage in the trash bin.

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