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    Phoronix: NVIDIA's Looking To Expand Its Linux Team

    In early December I shared that NVIDIA was looking to expand its Linux driver team after Andy Ritger mentioned they were looking to take on new engineers. It appears they're still looking to expand with an updated job posting yesterday seeking a Linux graphics software engineer...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=OTA5MQ

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    nvidia:"join the team of the open-source haters we pay 6$6$6$ dollars per Day you only need to sign a contract with the Devil and your soul goes to hell after you are death"

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    • #3
      "Is there anything you would like to see in their driver short of a full open-source strategy?"

      Uh, how about the xrandr 1.2 support they have been promising us for years now? Heck, any sort of working user-level GUI for configuring monitors would be nice. Their current tools do not even remember their settings between sessions, so they are essentially useless without editing your xorg.conf file, which requires root privileges and most Linux distros nowadays don't even use xorg.conf.

      How about optimus support? Many, if not most, upcoming laptops ship with graphics cards that cannot be used under Linux because they rely on optimus, while Nvidia has said they have no plans to support optimus under Linux.

      How about fixing their problems with pixmaps? Nvidia's proprietary driver is the only one that has problems with software creating a lot of pixmaps.

      How about kernel mode setting? Or anything else needed to get wayland working. On the software side a lot of work is going into getting ready for it, but Nvidia seems to be totally ignoring it.

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      • #4
        glxextxexlg: something something something

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        • #5
          Originally posted by TheBlackCat View Post
          Heck, any sort of working user-level GUI for configuring monitors would be nice. Their current tools do not even remember their settings between sessions, so they are essentially useless without editing your xorg.conf file, which requires root privileges and most Linux distros nowadays don't even use xorg.conf.
          nvidia-settings -l in autostart?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by ChrisXY View Post
            nvidia-settings -l in autostart?
            That doesn't restore your monitor settings. The monitor settings aren't even saved in your .nvidia-settings-rc file.

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            • #7
              I wonder if any of the ATI guys that were let go in recent years are contractually able to apply?

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              • #8
                KMS and xrandr would be nice. Failing that, they should put at least as many people on nouveau as ati is putting on r?00{g}.

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                • #9
                  I wonder if any of the ATI guys that were let go in recent years are contractually able to apply?
                  Exactly the same thing I'm wondering There are many talented, unpaid and deserves-to-be-paid developers working on the opensource ati linux drivers too. If amd doesn't employ them (and thats because they don't have interest in better linux drivers) nvidia should.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Q
                    nvidia:"join the team of the open-source haters we pay 6$6$6$ dollars per Day you only need to sign a contract with the Devil and your soul goes to hell after you are death"
                    You know, if it to be AMD to announce this job offer (ie: we're looking for guys to develop binary blobs), Q wouldn't make fantastic statements like this. It would all be justified for him.

                    But it is not. AMD gives way to linux developers while nvidia employs them and you know why? They are successful in linux workstations, handheld linux devices, scientific visualization etc. and amd is not.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by TheBlackCat View Post
                      That doesn't restore your monitor settings. The monitor settings aren't even saved in your .nvidia-settings-rc file.
                      Oh ok. That sucks then. Is there a good reason for not also storing it there?

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by TheBlackCat View Post
                        " Heck, any sort of working user-level GUI for configuring monitors would be nice. Their current tools do not even remember their settings between sessions, so they are essentially useless without editing your xorg.conf file, which requires root privileges and most Linux distros nowadays don't even use xorg.conf.
                        Add
                        Code:
                        nvidia-settings –load-config-only &
                        to your ~/.xinitrc file, or in ~/.kderc (KDE) or in ~/.gnomerc, etc…

                        How about optimus support? Many, if not most, upcoming laptops ship with graphics cards that cannot be used under Linux because they rely on optimus, while Nvidia has said they have no plans to support optimus under Linux.
                        Licensing clash, doubt you will ever see it.

                        How about kernel mode setting?
                        See above.

                        Or anything else needed to get wayland working.
                        Doable but not a high priority until wayland starts proving itself that it will be the replacement for X.
                        On the software side a lot of work is going into getting ready for it, but Nvidia seems to be totally ignoring it.
                        Don't be so sure about that. Nvidia doesn't typically announce anything until they have a solution ready for the public. They "didn't have any plans" for accelerated video decode for example and then "Bam!" there was vdpau.

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                        • #13
                          Support for optimus and profiles for games would be great.

                          I seriously doubt nVidia is going to release an open source driver anytime soon. If they are going to release an open driver in the very distant future, the best way to do this would be to open source their stable branch of their drivers. In order to do this they would probably need to strip this driver from any support for future products, and then add it when the new products arrive.

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                          • #14
                            For KDE users:
                            Code:
                            mkdir -p ~/.kde/Autostart
                            printf '"#!/bin/sh\nnvidia-settings -l\n' > ~/.kde/Autostart/nvidia.sh
                            chmod +x ~/.kde/Autostart/nvidia.sh
                            is usually enough for some settings (no "&" needed, it terminates directly). But not every setting is stored in ~/.nvidia-settings-rc - if you need other options then you need to use the direct commands. For special Twinview settings those are stored in xorg.conf in order to get active, that's not really optimal. Even fglrx is more flexible there.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by glxextxexlg View Post
                              You know, if it to be AMD to announce this job offer (ie: we're looking for guys to develop binary blobs), Q wouldn't make fantastic statements like this. It would all be justified for him.

                              But it is not. AMD gives way to linux developers while nvidia employs them and you know why? They are successful in linux workstations, handheld linux devices, scientific visualization etc. and amd is not.
                              AMD does more for Open Source and linux than Nvidia. It's not even close.

                              It's not just the graphics stuff, also CPUs, chipset stuff, etc.

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