Back in June’12 Linus Torvalds, the father of Linux kernel, used F word and showed middle finger gesture to NVIDIA for their constant lack of support to Linux machine. At a university event in Finland, Linus said the following about NVIDIA while answering to a student:
I am very happy to say that …its the exception rather than the rule. And I am also happy to very publicly point out that NVidia has been one of the worst trouble spot we 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 ever dealt with… So NVidia Fuck Yeah..(middle finger gesture).
NVIDIA finally started working on Linux drivers for its innovative Optimus technology. Optimus saves the battery life of a laptop by automatically switching off the power of GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) when it is not needed and similarly turning it back on when it is required.
For a long time Linux users have been trying to use the Optimus without much of success. But in a recent email, it is revealed that NVIDIA finally comes to its senses and has started working on bringing Optimus on Linux. Aaron Plattner of NVIDIA wrote:
So I’ve been experimenting with support for Dave Airlie’s new RandR 1.4 provider object interface, so that Optimus-based laptops can use our driver to drive the discrete GPU and display on the integrated GPU. The good news is that I’ve got a proof of concept working.
Thank You Linus. Even your middle finger gesture works wonder for Linux users :P