Linux's Torvalds Tells NVIDIA "F--k You", Says Microsoft is "Full of S--t"
June 18, 2012 12:13 PM
(Source: Made of Awesome)
"Benevolent dictator for life" trashes on OS makers and hardware partners alike while celebrating Linux's glory.
Linux’s “benevolent dictator” Linux Torvalds
can be a bit of an opinionated chap at times. From
sounding off about Android smartphones
on patent disputes
, Mr. Torvalds’ opinion carries a fair bit of weight as one of the elder statesmen of the tech community.
I. Torvalds Calls NVIDIA Worst Hardware Company He's Dealt With
Surprisingly, Mr. Torvalds used his bully pulpit on Thursday, June 14 at a conference talk at the Aalto Center for Entrepreneurship (ACE) in Espoo, Finland to abuse NVIDIA Corp. (
) – seemingly a strong hardware supporter of the Linux movement.
Despite its prominent role as a system-on-a-chip developer (via its Tegra line) for Android, and despite the fact that its personal computer (PC) driver support is generally regarded as much superior to rival Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (
), Mr. Torvalds calls out the chipmaker for what he views as inadequate efforts.
He rages, "NVIDIA has been one of the worse trouble spot we've had with hardware manufacturers. And 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—k you!"
At this point in his talk Mr. Torvalds does his best Eminem impression and raises his middle finger in insult at NVIDIA.
Linus Torvalds' message to NVIDIA [Image Source: YouTube]
Apparently Mr. Torvalds' "beef" with NVIDIA stems from the fact that the Optimus power saving technology for laptops and certain other specialty features were late coming to Linux's git repository, versus Microsoft Corp.'s (
) and Apple, Inc.'s (
) operating systems.
Further NVIDIA has apparently expressed that some minor features may not make it to the Linux driver releases at all.
II. Torvalds: Microsoft is "Full of S--t", Apple and Microsoft are inferior to Linux
"I use strong language on the internet to the point where some people feel offended. And that's their problem." Mr. Torvalds comments in defense of his profane tirades, "... I actually believe that when you work with a lot of people it's better to be really open with your feelings so you don't by mistake have people who misread you."
Mr. Torvalds also flung some hate Microsoft Corp. (
) and Apple, Inc.'s (
) way earlier (around the 40 min mark), criticizing their lack of a unified kernel. He comments, "We do fairly well in cell phones and that multi-core in cell phones is actually important now and we're really good at it was an accidental result of the fact that we happened to do supercomputers 10 years ago... That's been a huge success of Linux. And I think that's interesting from a technical standpoint how important it has been for Linux to have one single kernel for every single device out there... If you look at every single other operating system out there ever nobody has ever done that before.
Look at Apple they have separate operating systems for their low-end and their high-end devices. Look at Microsoft, same thing. They're claiming that they're trying to merge them
in Windows 8
. They're lying. They're not. They're full of s--t."
Mr. Torvalds claims Microsoft is "lying" to customers regarding the Windows 8 kernel.
[Image Source: Lenovo]
Trashing the world's largest operating maker and insulting one of your biggest hardware partners requires either a great deal of boldness or a fair bit of insanity. Mr. Torvalds, undoubtly a great tech luminary, likely has a bit of both, and he's eager to speak his mind, that's for sure.
Watch the rest of his Q&A/talk/rant here:
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