Linus Torvalds gives Nvidia the finger

Linus Torvalds does not like Nvidia — we have graphic proof via YouTube.

Torvalds, the main force behind the Linux Kernel, was speaking at a forum hosted by the Aalto Center for Entrepreneurship in Otaniemi, Finland, on 14 June. He was responding to a question from the audience.

A woman explained that she was trying to get Linux working on a laptop that had an Optimus chip from Nvidia. The Santa Clara, California-based company is one of the largest graphics chip suppliers in the world.

"I was expecting that Nvidia would kind of chip in and do something...[but] they said flat out 'no', they're not doing any support," she said.

That's all Torvalds needed to hear.

"Nvidia has been one of the worst trouble spots we've had with hardware manufacturers. And that's really sad, because Nvidia tries to sell chips, a lot of chips, into the Android market. And Nvidia has been the single worst company we've ever dealt with," he said.

"So, Nvidia, f*** you," he said at the 49.59 mark, gesturing with his middle finger.

He continued, "I think it's really sad when you sell hardware and use Linux, and you are being really difficult about it."

He then qualified his statement — a bit. "Don't get me wrong; I'm not saying that other companies are perfect, either."

Let's insert a little perspective at this point. Torvalds has a history of speaking his mind. It's not hard to find quotable quotes about a variety of topics, including some very choice words about the security software crowd.

And Nvidia, of course, is not obligated to support Linux — in the context that Torvalds is talking about — if Nvidia deems Linux is not worth devoting resources to.

Nvidia declined to comment.


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