During a recent speech at Aalto University in Finland, Torvalds publicly and clearly shames NVIDIA for their refusal to work with Linux.
After a question from a young woman and her troubles with an NVIDIA Optimus laptop, Linux Torvalds said NVIDIA was the "single worst company we've ever dealt with," then gave the finger at about the 49:30 point. He did go on to point out that some companies don't do much for Linux, but that many other companies have been supporting them from early on. "That's life," he says, before making a joke.
NVIDIA does have a Linux drivers page, so they are making some effort to accommodate Linux users. But the graphic chip company will not release an Open Source driver because they are afraid it will expose proprietary company information. That is their right, as it is Torvald's right to cause a scene to push them to be more open.
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