I was shocked when I first read this article about Nvidia, mostly by how stupid Nvidia's team has to be to allow this kind of folly.
I have always defended Nvidia, as innovators, and while they have made products that were beaten in the benchmark race, I stood faithful that they had a betterment of technology as their core ideals.
This folly may have pushed me over the edge. After the public display of affection from Linus Torvalds:
I agreed with Linus stating that yes, the Linux support from Nvidia has been terrible. I was hoping this public defamation would inspire Nvidia to get their act together.
It would seem I was wrong.
Nvidia has fumbled a deal with the Chinese government, that may have cost them upwards of $500 Mililon.
It turns out the Chinese government runs on a Longsoon MIPS processor on some home grown Linux machines. When they decided to order Ten (10) million GPUs, Nvidia turned to them and said: "Sorry our Linux driver doesn't support the MIPS architecture, and it would cost us millions to develop that."
Where was the CFO in this meeting? Where was a CBA on how much developing a MIPS version of the driver would earn them after this awesome sale? Who made this stupid decision?
China, decided to take a clue from Linus and gave Nvidia the finger and turned to AMD, who else?
so I ask:
I will come and work your crazy deals with the Chinese Government from now on, though I doubt there will be any.
Full story: Geek.com
Youtube Video of Linus: (it's a good video, worth watching the full hour):