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.

Thread beginning with comment 573167
To view parent comment, click here.
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
RE[2]: ...
by lemur2 on Wed 25th Sep 2013 06:06 UTC in reply to "RE: ..."
Member since:

"NVidia is just playing by the rules, in the Linux ecosystem open source drivers are prefered.

That doesn't really explain anything though, because they've been happily ignoring the "rules" for over a decade. Something must have prompted this change of tune...


I personally think the reason is the new capabilities of the AMD/ATI open source drivers in Linux kernel 3.11.

Read one user's account here:

So now that the 3.11 kernel is out and Catalyst has problems with xorg 1.14 (again...), I decided to give the latest radeon driver another go. (The one with the new DPM additions.) Holy cow am I impressed. This is the first time I feel like I've ever gotten complete parity out of a FOSS video driver.

Nvidia now have a lot of catching up to do, IMO, before anyone would consider using nVidia hardware for a new Linux system.

Edited 2013-09-25 06:14 UTC

Reply Parent Score: 6