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  • #31
    Originally posted by jonnycat26 View Post
    Actually, I'd say the NVidia binary is more than 'okay', it's about 'as good as it can possibly get'. We've had VDPAU
    Well, it exists, but it's not exactly stable yet and requires jumpigh through hoops and compiling your own software. Ie lightyears away from what Nvidia offers on Windows.

    If that is your level for 'as good as it can possibly get', I guess you call the Nvidia windows drivers 'super beyond ultra better than it could even possibly be' or something like that?

    Yes, Nvidia binary blob is better than Ati, but AMD have come a long way paying for the development of 2 separate drivers at the same time. And long term, the OSS driver is EXTREMELY important... Combined CPU/GPU multicoe processors are just 1-2 years away... how will Nvidias alternative work on Linux with no OSS driver even in sight?

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    • #32
      @Stedevil

      I agree with you completely.

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      There is also another aspect, because I don't think you realise what the opensource means. Don't you love that you don't have to install network, sound, motherboard or any other drivers in linux? That is only realisable with opensource drivers. Yes its easy saying that you don't care about open source drivers. But linux isn't what it is today without them.

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      • #33
        Originally posted by Stedevil View Post
        Well, it exists, but it's not exactly stable yet and requires jumpigh through hoops and compiling your own software. Ie lightyears away from what Nvidia offers on Windows.
        Really? As far as I can tell, doing anything on Linux requires compiling your own software or using a repository. And from the repos, I can get ffmpeg and MPlayer with VDPAU support.

        Can I get anything like that from ATI? How about documentation for that feature?

        I thought not.

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        • #34
          Originally posted by jonnycat26 View Post
          Really? As far as I can tell, doing anything on Linux requires compiling your own software or using a repository. And from the repos, I can get ffmpeg and MPlayer with VDPAU support.
          Just today I compiled Nvidia 180.41 & mplayer-vdpau-3532130

          Which repos are you downloading these from? And when did you need to do such things on windows?

          Can I get anything like that from ATI? How about documentation for that feature?
          VDPAU is the castrated version of CUDA available for *nix
          Why should that even work on Ati, ever?!?
          You seem seriously confused.

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          • #35
            VDPAU is not CUDA, it only runs on the same gpus.

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            • #36
              Originally posted by NSLW View Post
              Who cares about xf86-video-nv driver. My card would burn if i'd use this driver. It doesn't have any features.

              I don't worry about them because i've got very often released nvidia proprietary driver.

              For all those who want to buy new gfx and have got dilemma:
              Nvidia cards are THE BEST and company does care about it's customer
              they just dont care enough to fix the insane stability issues which many are having....

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              • #37
                Originally posted by Kano View Post
                VDPAU is not CUDA, it only runs on the same gpus.
                Sorry, meant DXVA

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                • #38
                  Originally posted by Stedevil View Post
                  Why should that even work on Ati, ever?!?
                  Isnt' that the perpetually missing-in-action XvBA?

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                  • #39
                    It looks like we're having another gpu arguement...
                    I just came in here to say that Nvidia is based in Santa Clara, and I live in Santa Clara!

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                    • #40
                      Originally posted by superppl View Post
                      It looks like we're having another gpu arguement...
                      I just came in here to say that Nvidia is based in Santa Clara, and I live in Santa Clara!
                      What a classy argument.

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                      • #41
                        Originally posted by Redeeman View Post
                        they just dont care enough to fix the insane stability issues which many are having....
                        I'm using 185.13 drivers and they are not the newest and everything runs stable on my hardware. I admit that there was huge problem with 180.35 stability but this wasn't stable driver at all so various things happened.

                        Or i didn't understand your post and you are saying about xf86-video-nv which i personally use only on the beginning when switching from Fedora n-1 to newest Fedora n

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                        • #42
                          Compared to 180.41 I prefer 185.13 too as 180.41 has got some VDPAU glitches on my 8800 GTS 512.

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                          • #43
                            Originally posted by NSLW View Post
                            For all those who want to buy new gfx and have got dilemma:
                            Nvidia cards are THE BEST and company does care about it's customer
                            A company that cares about its customers would not use proprietary software as a tool to force them onto an upgrade treadmill. nVidia is a company that only cares about its bottom line.

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                            • #44
                              Originally posted by Ant P. View Post
                              A company that cares about its customers would not use proprietary software as a tool to force them onto an upgrade treadmill. nVidia is a company that only cares about its bottom line.
                              How does NVidia do that? Contrary to ATI, which is dropping support for older chipsets, NVidia maintains and updates legacy drivers for their older hardware.

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                              • #45
                                Originally posted by Ant P. View Post
                                A company that cares about its customers would not use proprietary software as a tool to force them onto an upgrade treadmill. nVidia is a company that only cares about its bottom line.
                                Yes, they care about their bottom line by producing drivers that work. Proprietary software is good. Because it works. Just like in Windows. Everything works there. Who needs open source drivers? For what? Staring at the license? I prefer staring at tear-free videos and fast and compatible OpenGL.

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