Chris J Powell

Linus Torvalds, I Salute You!

The man who 21 years posted the call to action that all started with “I’m doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won’t be big and professional like gnu) for 386(486) AT clones.” This humble beginning now has Linus Torvalds jetting around the globe and most recently giving graphics card manufacturer nVIDIA a truly Canadian Salute:

To place this rather disturbing image…well not really.  Anyone who has run Linux for more then 5 minutes with either an AMD or nVIDIA Graphics card knows the frustration of getting functional open drivers to work but this image was pulled from a presentation that Torvalds was doing at Aalto University.  If you want to see the full length…the power of YouTube be found here but here is the guts of the whole situation when one of the students brought up the nVIDIA Optimum Chipset.

What I love is that he looks straight at the camera and lets nVIDIA have the full brunt of his frustration with it being the worst of all the hardware manufacturers to deal with.

Publicity stunt..maybe.  Did it work…I would say so, sometimes the act of working within the system and quietly plugging away just does not work.  It is the squeaky wheel that gets the grease.  It is the one person who demands change that gets heard.  It is the one idea that stands out from the crowd that makes it to market.

We had a Prime Minister here in Canada that was not afraid of being more than a little different from the normal political crowd.  I have never been a Liberal, nor will ever likely be one but his outside the box thinking and sometimes over the top actions coined a generation to call the “giving the finger” the Trudeau Salute.

Will the fact that Linus Torvalds, founder of the Linux Movement really have an effect on the future of Graphics Chip Production and Driver Design?  One would like to think that nVIDIA’s competitors are sitting back going…ok here is a real chance for us.  AMD/ATI , I have been a big fan since the start of my computing days but I see you fading into the background and I hope that the Torvalds Salute is a rallying call for you guys to step up your game!


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