Ok asking him to step down is a little harsh, but he has made some bad decisions over the past few years.
I don't think they ever admitted it, but didn't we have "Bumpgate" as couple of years ago? Semiaccurate / Charlie D covered it.
No one is asking Nvidia to invest much resources into Linux development.
Just release the source code or at the very least do what AMD did and release the documentation.
Even if Nvidia did release the whole source from their drivers, it wouldn't give AMD / Intel much intellectual property, apart from their developers coding style.
According to Phoronix, driver source is ok. There's a chunk of code that's written in HDL (hardware description language - Verilog, VHDL and others). This is what contains all the info on how the chip(s) work and are designed.
No company will release this, nor should they.
When AMD released the documentation on their chips, they released some source and lots of details on how to use the API to interact with the hardware.
There's now two driver branches for Linux, the binary version from them and an open source version.
Ok the open source version is crap compared, but at least people can take that code and do almost anything they wish with it.
Most importanaly they can rewrite and compile it to work for another cpu architecture.
AMD are not expected to spend any time or resources on this, just update the documentation ~ 1year or so after the new GPU launches.
Sure the Linux commuinity only accounts for a small % of their user base, but it's potentially an extremely lucrative one in this case.
More and more companies are switching to Linux distros for their workstation. The Brazilliam Govt. did so the other year, IBM invest Billions into Linux in the enterprise market. Microsoft even contribute code to the Linux kernel (more than Canonical/Ubuntu has)
CUDA/OpenCL has already made it's mark.
Now we have China for the past few years saying they are going to make their own CPU and Linux based OS.
The chinese will probably drop x86 or IA-64 in a lot of use cases.
How many Chinese Govt contracts will be ported over to this new MIPS based CPU/OS? Who knows, but it's going to be big.
There are copyright and legal licensing issues as well with using the binary drivers.
Linux developers like to do things their own way, all they want is documentation.
Ohh and according to rumors (Phoronix) it's closer to $500 Million in lost revenue.
No matter how your sock portfolio looks like, giving the only other real player in your market segment this kind of cash boost can never be a good thing; especially when we know AMD can do with it.
Apoptosis wrote:Qualcomm is down 2.84% for the month and up 305.09% for 10 year
Qualcomm are doing exceptionally well due to the mobile/cell phone SOC's (snapdragon) and network (satellite) chips.
It looks like they might also be investing in building their own FAB, which is astonishing.