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Bravo, +Linus Torvalds, bravo.

I think NVidia is under the misconception that Microsoft is far more relevant than they actually are. It always baffles me that NVidea announced Project Denver and their supercomputing ambitions with Microsoft.

I think it's a safe assumption that Microsoft's influence is in steady decline across all markets (some faster than others, of course), but Microsoft is totally irrelevant in supercomputing today.
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I have a feeling that Nvidia, ATI, etc and most Windows OEMs get under the table agreements with Microsoft to make features exclusive to Windows or push laptops with Windows only.

Remember when Dell started to market Ubuntu laptops long ago? Microsoft got them to advertise Windows over Ubuntu otherwise they'd pull their oem license. A similar thing happens with mobile hardware manufacturers (ser those profit sharing agreememts), and I guess Microsoft uses their desktop market monopoly to say Nvidia: push our supercomputers or else we'll stop giving you early access to Windows driver APIs.

Stuff like this is what makes me hate monopolistic companies.
 
Somehow, I don't think any of the really spectactular supercomputing installations are actually running Windows on the metal. Also, who the hell needs to play Solitare or Hearts on a cluster that does calculations on the scale of petaflops?
 
+Jason DeRose That's why I believe OEMs like +System76 have a LOT of potential. It just needs to be exploited and brought "out there".

The "lack of apps" argument against Ubuntu is somewhat moot nowadays. The vast majority of the world doesn't need to spend $80 on a Windows license just to get a Facebook machine.
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+Jason DeRose I watched it earlier today after you posted it. It inspired me to do some more coding ;-)
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