Nvidia cottons on to Valve Linux plans, offers support

For a long time, Nvidia has been one of the Linux operating system's biggest bug bears. Linus Torvalds, the founder of the Linux Kernel, described it as the worst company his organisation had ever worked with. Shockingly though, now that Valve has aligned itself so strongly with Linux and is in the future set to release its own ValveOS based around a Linux distro, Nvidia wants to improve its relationship with the alternative OS.

As Ars said,, Nvidia's Andy Ritger got in touch with the team behind an open source driver called Nouveau, designed to make Nvidia cards work with Linux and said:

“Nvidia is releasing public documentation on certain aspects of our GPUs, with the intent to address areas that impact the out-of-the-box usability of Nvidia GPUs with Nouveau,” he wrote. “We intend to provide more documentation over time, and guidance in additional areas as we are able.”

He also promised more BIOS information, with the eventual goal to give Nvidia and Linux users, as streamlined an experience as those that use the GPUs on the Windows platform.

Linus Torvald has responded to the news, saying he's quietly optimistic, but isn't quite ready to retract his declaration of Nvidia being the worst company, just yet.

Of course the timing is perfect here. With Valve's recent OS announcement, Nvidia has seen that a lot of its potential customers may one day be running Linux distributions via ValveOS. If its drivers suck, those customers will go to competitor AMD instead, so it needs to sort itself and quick.

Even with Nvidia's about face here though, if you were buying a new PC with ValveOS in mind, would you go AMD or Nvidia?

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Sounds good.

If Nvidia wants to continue selling GPUs to the PC market they better be ready to get away from Micro$hit & Winblows. Good on Gabe!!!!! This is hella good news.

Im cheap

I'm cheap, but if Nvidia endeavors make Linux a viable operating system for gaming without having to spend hours getting a game to work properly, think I would feel obligated to support them. Then again I haven't used linux in about 5 years so I don't really know if it is still a horrible time consuming gaming platform.

thats because the majority of

thats because the majority of these so called "nerds" are actually dumb kids that have no idea what they are talking about. I know, I remember trying to explain to people that doom 3 actually looked that good (back then) and nobody, absolutely NOBODY believed me. **** the doubters.

While it's great that nvidia

While it's great that nvidia is finally willing to pony up some hardware documentation and maybe even some official open source driver support, this will sadly do little to improve driver quality for most linux gamers. The proprietary drivers, while far from perfect, are going to be performance dominant over the open source one(s) for the foreseeable future. Torvalds' (and many other linux dev's) real beef has been nvidia's outright unwillingness to provide any hardware support beyond a use-at-your-own-risk proprietary driver. On the other hand, AMD has been providing good feedback and support for open source drivers, though it has failed to deliver a usable proprietary GPU driver, and the open source drivers are no better. Both of these companies really just need to get their **** together and put linux support at the same priority as windows.

You're Not Wrong

While you are not wrong in your argument here, I did just want to add that AMD hasn't provided a GOOD DRIVER for a Windows Platform for some time. A new driver release once every six months that only adds more pain and heartache to the end user doesn't help. YES, I'm an nVidia "fan-boy" but it's only like this because i once rocked ATI in all my rigs back in the AGP days with ALL-IN-WONDER cards and 9800 series GPU's. ATI/AMD has ALWAYS made an excellent piece of hardware but there drives have always sucked dry dog ****.

I am quite happy with nvidia

I am quite happy with nvidia trying to redeem itself in the open source market. Perhaps games will be made linux compatible in the future with the ever more powerful open GL over Microsofts closed direct X. I just wonder if this is a big **** YOU toward sony and microsoft for both using AMD gpus and cpus in the next gen consoles?

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