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Nvidia swaps angry birds for thumbs up from Torvalds

Turns out the bird isn't the word
Mon Feb 03 2014, 17:06

REFORMED BIRD FLIPPER and Linux founder Linus Torvalds has told the world that he now rather likes Nvidia after all.

In 2012, the feisty Finn gave a public display of middle-fingered frustration at the graphics chip designer owing to its lack of support for Linux.

"Nvidia has been one of the worst trouble spots we've had with manufacturers. That is 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. So Nvidia, f*** you!" said Torvalds to an assembled throng at Aalto Center for Entrepreneurship in his native Finland at the time before making an obscene gesture.

However, in a reversal of his previous digital dismissal, Torvalds has now decided to give Nvidia a thumbs up.

The change of heart came after it was revealed that the upcoming Nvidia Tegra K1 chip, which has been blowing its rivals away in testing, will be aided by some code designed to make it easy to use for Linux developers writing for machines that use it, where hitherto they had been limited to creating bespoke proprietary solutions from scratch.

"Hey, this time I'm raising a thumb for Nvidia. Good times," said Torvalds in a post on Google+ yesterday.

Nvidia's Alexandre Coubot sounded a note of caution, however. He said, "The scope of this work is strictly limited to Tegra (although given the similarities desktop GPU support will certainly benefit from it indirectly), and we do not have any plan to work on user-space support. So do not uninstall that proprietary driver just yet."

Due for release this summer, the Tegra K1 is rumoured to be a game changing processor offering performance unmatched by existing chips several times its size. µ


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