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    Phoronix: NVIDIA's Release Happiness Continues Into April

    NVIDIA had ended out March with five Linux display driver releases with it ranging from a day to a week between updated Linux drivers were pushed out from this Santa Clara company. It's been just over a week since their last display driver release, but it looks like April will be another month of fierce Linux/Solaris/BSD driver updates from NVIDIA. This afternoon NVIDIA has pushed out the 185.19 Beta driver...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=NzE4Nw

  • #2
    Yeah baby.
    Edit: Hmm, glxgears up to ~25,000fps from 17,000fps. Window resizing is very snappy atm.
    Last edited by hax0r; 04-06-2009, 06:42 PM.

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    • #3
      lol if they continue like this they'll end up writing the "perfect" gpu driver.

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      • #4
        Wow, I think they're really trying to add salt to the wound with the recent negative news about AMD Linux drivers.

        Honestly, from someone who uses only ATI cards, all these updates are looking awfully good.

        But that is where I think AMD has the disadvantage with the press - it has this strict update schedule that it rarely moves away from, releasing drivers every ~30 days. Nvidia doesn't really seem to have that precise schedule, so they update their drivers whenever they see fit. One AMD release could have as many new features or fixes as five Nvidia releases.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by GreatWalrus View Post
          One AMD release could have as many new features or fixes as five Nvidia releases.
          Unfortunately that doesn't seem to be the case. There has been many releases that have basically had little change from the previous.

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          • #6
            This is the force make me gradually changing all my ATI cards in favor of NV cards. ATI's empty promise is paying itself off. I think more people would switch to NV because their driver works flawlessly and using Linux desktop has moved from agony of lock ups, scrambled screens, flickers to slick and joy.

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            • #7
              Most of these are beta. AMD also releases several beta drivers within a month's period. Difference is that AMD's beta program is closed while nvidia's is not.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Melcar View Post
                Most of these are beta. AMD also releases several beta drivers within a month's period. Difference is that AMD's beta program is closed while nvidia's is not.
                Who cares when NVIDIA Beta works better than AMD "STABLE"

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by NSLW View Post
                  Who cares when NVIDIA Beta works better than AMD "STABLE"
                  True.. But the only thing with nvidia cards is that I don't always trust the hardware itself.

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                  • #10
                    This is presented a bit one-sidedly. Quantity is not everything that's important, I think. I mean, theoretically you could take AMD's open source drivers and bump the release number on every little bugfix, since that seems to be what NVIDIA are trying to do with their driver.

                    They're trying to keep the cake and eat it -- keep their drivers closed, but create the illusion they keep you on the bleeding edge. That doesn't chance the fact you're pretty much forced to use a binary blob.

                    Even if NVIDIA releases a driver every single damn day, AMD's strategy is unarguably better.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by susikala View Post
                      This is presented a bit one-sidedly. Quantity is not everything that's important, I think. I mean, theoretically you could take AMD's open source drivers and bump the release number on every little bugfix, since that seems to be what NVIDIA are trying to do with their driver.

                      They're trying to keep the cake and eat it -- keep their drivers closed, but create the illusion they keep you on the bleeding edge. That doesn't chance the fact you're pretty much forced to use a binary blob.

                      Even if NVIDIA releases a driver every single damn day, AMD's strategy is unarguably better.
                      Well now I think you might be right. I guess they are working on the driver, while nvidia is spending their time releasing stuff. Hmm

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by susikala View Post
                        Even if NVIDIA releases a driver every single damn day, AMD's strategy is unarguably better.
                        Except for the part about AMD's drivers not being any damn good next to their competition.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Jimmy View Post
                          Except for the part about AMD's drivers not being any damn good next to their competition.
                          Oh yeah, well but that is a minor detail of course

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                          • #14
                            Whatever the quality of Nvidia drivers could be, I still bet on ATI as they released their GPU specs, allowing an open-source driver.

                            Within months, I really think open-source driver can be in a very good state, allowing nice video playback, opengl support and flawless 2D acceleration.

                            Well, perhaps a year, but I don't care waiting the open source / fglrx to mature and seeing my HD4870 aging, as there is still not so many games to play with those beautifull drivers that are or are promised to be...

                            What the use of fine tuned drivers for 1+ Gflop GPU for playing teeworld or even ETQW ??

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                            • #15
                              Then what is your purpose of buying an expensive GPU?

                              You are spending a fortune to buy a hope? While others spends less and do everything they want to do with their computer?

                              I just enjoyed several movies and played a good game of Nexius 2.5. That's what I paied for. That's the purpose of my computer.

                              I used to be like you. Bought X1600PRO, X1600XT, X1950PRO, X1900XT, HD 2900XT, HD 4650, HD 4850 etc... just to hope that one day ATI's driver can be better. Well now this 'day' seems to be still very far away. By realizing that I chose NV as my current main desktop. This is the first time that I did not regret that I chose the right card afterall. A bit sad on the inside but true. So I am going to still hope that one day OSS can pull all these stuff together, while enjoying me NVidia experience.

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