Linus Torvalds F-bombs Nvidia
Posted By: Dennis - Source: Web
People do stuff like this to get attention and it doesn't matter if they are a hardware review startup or a top ranked and highly respected public figure, if you do things against the norm you will get attention. This attention is then followed by a whole lotta backlash.
While I agree — and in many ways sympathize — with Torvalds’ point about Nvidia with regards to Linux support, I don’t agree with the suggestion that any community is entitled to anything beyond what a company advertises as offering. We do have to bear in mind that Nvidia is under no obligation to do anything to help the Linux community, and any suggestion that Nvidia — or any other company – should play nicely with open source is based on nothing more than a feeling of entitlement.
I can fully agree with this statement. While it would be a nice gesture to help the Linux community create the drivers they need and might might prevent the Linux hacking army from stealing Tegra 4 specs and selling them to the highest bidder it just isn't something Nvidia is obligated to do.
This whole exchange reminds me of phrase I heard in my youth. I was visiting the local motorcycle salvage yard looking to see what it may cost to rebuild a small street bike. After asking the cranky grease monkey mechanic a bunch of questions about my project he responded. "You know kid we can do almost anything but money talks and bullshit walks".
I think the same could be said here.
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