It's partly Linux fault for the lack of support, as Nvidia does release Linux drivers for their products but Linux is a very fragmented platform with literally hundreds of distros and a constantly evolving Kernel that further complicated things as not every distro keeps up equally well with the latest changes and support needs can span multiple Kernel iterations.
Add that it can take a lot longer to get Linux drivers released than Windows means the drivers may not support the latest distro releases or may be designed for certain distros but not others.
So say what you will of MS but they don't break API support as often as Linux does. So in addition to the fact Windows represents far more users on desktop systems than Linux, it's also easier for Nvidia to support Windows over long periods of time.
While Nvidia can provide better support when it's worth it to them as shown with support for Android for their Tegra products.
Meaning desktop Linux needs to get to the point that it's more worth Nvidia's time and money to invest in better support but that may come once they start running desktop Linux on the same Kernel as future versions of Android. Thanks to the fact Linux re-merged the Kernels starting with 3.3 and onward.
Mind I'm pointing this out because I believe there are worse offenders than Nvidia. At least they provide Linux drivers but there are companies that have never done so and never supported Linux.
Though another reason why they are complaining about Nvidia is because their Linux Drivers aren't Open Source. So the Linux community can't tweak and optimize the drivers for each distro as they could with proper Open Source drivers but that too is something a lot of others are also guilty of as the market has a lot of closed driver products.
My experience with drivers for an Nvidia GeForce 7600 GTX on various Ubuntu versions these last few years has, in fact, been quite good ; on the other hand, I've heard some real horror stories about drivers for AMD cards. Thus, I've been considering updating to a 560 Ti in order to be able to run a 2560x1600/1440 monitor, but when I hear Linus' remarks, I begin to wonder if that's such a smart move. Any HH readers with experience of this configuration out there who could shed some light on the matter ?...
Here a link (http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=MTEyMjk) to a Phoronix article which details Nvidia's PR Deprtment's response to Linus' remark....
NEWS TIPS |
This site is intended for informational and entertainment purposes only. The contents are the views and opinion of the author and/or hisassociates. All products and trademarks are the property of their respective owners. All content and graphical elements areCopyright © 1999 - 2013 David Altavilla and HotHardware.com, LLC. All rights reserved. Privacy and Terms