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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RE: Tone it down
by lemur2 on Thu 26th Sep 2013 01:23 UTC in reply to "Tone it down"
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I think some high-profile Linuxers, e.g. Torvalds, really should tone down their criticism of nVidia. They've not been perfect over the years, but how many other companies do you know that have actually bothered to provide official Linux drivers at all, let alone ones that were at least somewhat current? Be glad they bothered with you at all and, with that attitude, I wonder why they continued to give you any time. It makes sense to start now in either case because of Steam, but those kernel devs need to get some perspective.


Au contraire, nvidia needed to tone it down ... they were like "we are not going to release programming specifications for our preciousssssss devices just so the developers of the world's most-used OS can write drivers for their OS for our products ... heaven forbid we might sell a significant few more of our products at no cost to us".

Fortunately, with this announcement of some promises to provide the nouveau driver project with some programming information, it would appear as though nvidia management may have finally begun to see some common sense.

Edited 2013-09-26 01:24 UTC

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