At least, I personally didn't have that experience on Linux with proprietary driver when the Windows gaming rig did. They likely determined it wasn't worth the effort or Linux users would be more likely to lash back at the intrusion. Or it could have been a later target but still on their plan..
Have they changed this and forced their telemetry collection onto the Linux desktop yet?
I doubt they'd prereq it to install drivers for their ML or workstation cards. I'm a little more worried about their gaming/desktop cards.
If you want to install just the driver, you have to extract the driver from their executable and manually handle updates, or use a third party package manager like chocolatey.
Most people won't know this is possible. The trade-off to the vast majority is to trade unknown bits of their information for security and stability updates.
Should that really be the default state of things?