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    Phoronix: NVIDIA Releases OpenGL 3.3 Linux Driver

    Well, that didn't take long. Just earlier this month the Khronos Group unveiled the OpenGL 4.0 specification that brought many long-awaited changed to this open graphics API. On the same day this industry consortium also released the OpenGL 3.3 specification, which aims to bring back as much of the OpenGL 4.0 functionality to graphics cards that only support OGL3. OpenGL 4.0 is designed for graphics cards that are meant for DirectX 11.0, which basically means AMD's Radeon HD 5000 series and NVIDIA's forthcoming GeForce 400 series. OpenGL 3.x on the other-hand is compatible with DirectX 10.0 grade hardware, such as the Radeon HD 4000 series and GeForce 200 series. For those with a newer NVIDIA graphics card, you can now run OpenGL 3.3 applications or games as they have just released a supported driver...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=ODA3Nw

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    Personally I think they've got their priorities really messed up. They should focus on bugs first and new features second. Why would you need extra new features if you card doesn't work?
    Rob
    email: dagger@gentoo.org

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    • #3
      NVidia rules, ATI drools

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      • #4
        Again I read about this game engine that works on linux. So what it will take much more to real game support on linux. Probably a desktop market share from around 5% based on the latest news regarding mac and games.

        (i'll try to find the link to some article about this... just to bore those tuxes that don't like game talking).

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        • #5
          Found the article:
          Commercial Gaming, Coming Soon to Linux?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by RealNC View Post
            NVidia rules, ATI drools
            Yes! nVidia has an awesome FLOSS driver- oh ehm... no wait...

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            • #7
              Hmm so they've added support for OpenGl 3.3 when the only thing that uses it is an unreleased tech demo (Heaven)

              Even the PTS can't benchmark the performance of these new features!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by dagger View Post
                Personally I think they've got their priorities really messed up. They should focus on bugs first and new features second. Why would you need extra new features if you card doesn't work?
                Which outstanding bugs are stopping all/most/any-notable-percentage of nVidia cards from working?

                I don't think it's realistic to ask the 99%+ of owners whose cards work fine to sit idly waiting for new features until nVidia's squashed that one last bug that only affects one line of mobile chips made in 2007. They can work on both.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by V!NCENT View Post
                  Yes! nVidia has an awesome FLOSS driver- oh ehm... no wait...
                  Yes! ATI has an awesome FLOSS driver- oh ehm... no wait...

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                  • #10
                    Yes! ATI has an awesome binary blob- oh ehm... no wait...

                    It seems ATI right now has pretty much... nothing

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by FireBurn View Post
                      Hmm so they've added support for OpenGl 3.3 when the only thing that uses it is an unreleased tech demo (Heaven)

                      Even the PTS can't benchmark the performance of these new features!
                      Developers have to have some place to start. You can't expect them to make benchmarks and games using it until they have a driver to develop them on...

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                      • #12
                        In theory we should expect a OpenGL 4 driver next week for Fermi launch. Let's see if that happens, maybe together with Heaven benchmark for Linux...

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by RealNC View Post
                          NVidia rules, ATI drools
                          Now now, lets not be nasty. I'm sure AMD will have openGL 3.3 support in their Catalyst 10.12 drivers.

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                          • #14
                            It'd be great to see the Linux version of the Heaven benchmark any time soon. Hopefully with the release of the Nvidia Fermi cards because ATI probably won't have their drivers ready in the first half of this year.

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                            • #15
                              most of the functionality will have already been present in the nvidia and AMD drivers, just in the form of extensions. Not all of it of course, and actually AMD exposed some of the functionality ahead of nvidia.
                              It's not likely that that the cat 10.3's will have opengl 3.3 (the windows 10.3a driver apparently doesn't), but that doesn't stop people from loading extensions.

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