If you’re used to Windows or OS X, Linux isn’t exactly a walk in the park. That said, it’s consideriably more viable than it used to be, for power users and newbies alike. Just recently, Linux users got some very happy news when Valve revealed it’s bringing its games, and the entire Steam platform to the OS. Not everyone is so Linux-friendly, however, and according to a recent Q&A at Aalto University in Finland, Nvidia is one of the worst offenders. In response to a question from the audience, Linux kernel architect Linus Torvalds described Nvidia as “the single worst company we’ve ever dealt with.” If that’s not to-the-point enough for you, he summed it up again in three words. “Nvidia, fuck you.”
The question that broached the subject came from a frustrated user who seems baffled by Nvidia’s flat-out refusal to support any Lunix platform and wanted Tovalds’ take on the issue. Aside from stating that this refusal is “sad,” Tovalds was “happy to very publicly point out that Nvidia has been one of the worst trouble-spots [they've] had with hardware manufacturers.” The “fuck you” which comes at the end of the response — and includes a bonus bird-flipping — comes off as the vocalization of a dysfunctional relationship that’s been a long time in the making, and from the sound of it, it’s unlikely for Nvidia to care, much less rectify the issue. At least we got a good GIF out of the deal, right?
You can see the question and response in the video below, starting at 48:50, and Torvalds’ response at 49:25.
(via The Verge)