Linus Torvalds is one of the most recognizable names in the computer industry, at least if you’re a computer geek like me. That’s why his speech at a forum hosted by Aalto Center for Entrepreneurship in Otaniemi, Finland has raised some eyebrows.
A female audience member straight up told Torvalds, the creator of Linux, that Nvidia would not offer her Linux support. According to the audience member:
“I was expecting that Nvidia would kind of chip in and do something…[but] they said flat-out ‘no’ they’re not doing any support.”
After hearing her story Linus Torvalds went off on a tangent about how Nvidia will only support the Linux-based Android OS because it was a commercially viable option while the overall Linux system at this time is not larger enough to garner attention. Torvalds said of the situation:
“Nvidia has been one of the worst trouble spots we’ve had with hardware manufacturers. And that’s 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.”
It gets even better, 49 minutes into his speech he stares directly into the camera and outright says “So, Nvidia, f*** you” while giving the company the middle finger. Finally he adds, “I think it’s really sad when you sell hardware and use Linux and you are being really difficult about it.”
Here’s the full interview so you can judge for yourself if Linus Torvalds was right on the money in his attack against Nvidia: