Inventor of Linux Calls Nvidia Worst Company Ever

Linus Torvalds Blasts Nvidia for Poor Linux Support

by Anton Shilov
06/18/2012 | 11:49 PM

Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux operating system, has condemned Nvidia Corp. for inadequate support of Linux OS with drivers. Mr. Torvalds called Nvidia the worst company it had ever had to work with and that Nvidia does not provide open-source drivers.


"Nvidia is one of the worst trouble spots we have had with hardware manufacturers. Nvidia has been the single worst company we have ever dealt with,." said Linus Torvalds at a press-conference, reports Phoronix web-site.

The creator of Linux accused Nvidia of lack of friendliness to Linux community which results in poor driver support, absence of open-source drivers, inconsistent support and other issues. Nonetheless, Linux users usually claim that Nvidia's binary graphics cards drivers for Linux are still better than AMD's; still, the lack of open-source drivers dues insult those who utilize Linux.

Given the fact that Linux commands 1% - 2% of the PC market, it is not surprising that companies like Nvidia do not put a lot of efforts into Linux support. On the other hand, it is natural that without proper support from hardware and software companies the operating system will never gain popularity.

Nvidia did not comment on the news-story.