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Re: Nvidia responds to Linus


in fairness that is a sound response - after all its a business

BTW did I say thanks for the hardware Bumblebee Devs put in!

I know precisious little about how things work but would love to get
involved somehow.  I use Bumblebee for running Graphics apps such as
Blender and because later this year I start learning C++ & openGL.  I have
started the C++ bit already so I know very basic stuff.  Is there anyway in
which I can get involved?


On Tue, Jun 19, 2012 at 4:03 PM, Eric Appleman <erappleman@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Supporting Linux is important to NVIDIA, and we understand that there
> are people who are as passionate about Linux as an open source platform
> as we are passionate about delivering an awesome GPU experience.
> Recently, there have been some questions raised about our lack of
> support for our Optimus notebook technology. When we launched our
> Optimus notebook technology, it was with support for Windows 7 only. The
> open source community rallied to work around this with support from the
> Bumblebee Open Source Project http://bumblebee-project.org/. And as a
> result, we've recently made Installer and readme changes in our R295
> drivers that were designed to make interaction with Bumblebee easier.
> While we understand that some people would prefer us to provide detailed
> documentation on all of our GPU internals, or be more active in Linux
> kernel community development discussions, we have made a decision to
> support Linux on our GPUs by leveraging NVIDIA common code, rather than
> the Linux common infrastructure. While this may not please everyone, it
> does allow us to provide the most consistent GPU experience to our
> customers, regardless of platform or operating system.
> As a result:
> 1) Linux end users benefit from same-day support for new GPUs , OpenGL
> version and extension parity between NVIDIA Windows and NVIDIA Linux
> support, and OpenGL performance parity between NVIDIA Windows and NVIDIA
> Linux.
> 2) We support a wide variety of GPUs on Linux, including our latest
> GeForce, Quadro, and Tesla-class GPUs, for both desktop and notebook
> platforms. Our drivers for these platforms are updated regularly, with
> seven updates released so far this year for Linux alone. The latest
> Linux drivers can be downloaded from www.nvidia.com/object/unix.html.
> 3) We are a very active participant in the ARM Linux kernel. For the
> latest 3.4 ARM kernel – the next-gen kernel to be used on future Linux,
> Android, and Chrome distributions – NVIDIA ranks second in terms of
> total lines changed and fourth in terms of number of changesets for all
> employers or organizations.
> At the end of the day, providing a consistent GPU experience across
> multiple platforms for all of our customers continues to be one of our
> key goals.
> Source: http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=184564
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