Take this, Nvidia!

Linus Torvalds flips the bird at graphics card maker Nvidia.

LINUS Torvalds has never been one to mince words. At a Q&A with students at the Aalto Center for Entrepreneurship in Otaniemi, Finland, the inventor of Linux was asked what he thought of the graphics card maker Nvidia, which has been notorious for its failure to support the open source operating system.

“I know exactly what you’re talking about and I’m very happy to say that it’s the exception rather than the rule, and I’m also happy to very publicly point out that Nvidia has been one of the worst trouble spots 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 [looks straight into the camera and flips the bird], f—k you!”

[Wild applause].

He continued: “It’s very sad when you sell hardware and you actually use Linux and you’re being very difficult about it. I’m sad when it happens but we can’t do anything about it. It’s life. I wish everyone was as nice as I am. “


You can view the session here. The whole talk is worth watching, but for those of you who can’t wait, the bird-flipping takes place after about 48 minutes into the video.

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