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  • NVIDIA Gets Happy, Puts Out Two New Blobs

    Phoronix: NVIDIA Gets Happy, Puts Out Two New Blobs

    NVIDIA has put out two new proprietary Linux driver updates. One of the drivers is a pre-release in the 270.xx series that largely is after bug-fixing, but the second driver is more interesting as it's the first (development) NVIDIA Linux driver release in the 275.xx series. The NVIDIA 275.09 beta driver brings new features...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=OTQ2Nw

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    I don't understand why they work on Linux support for their 3D feature, while there is something important like Optimus being neglected. Is 3D being used in the Linux business world then?

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    • #3
      I expect 3d is being used for modeling and drafting, at the very least. Of course, anyone who's making games will need 3d capabilities, but I guess that's not as common in the "greater" game industry.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by EarthMind View Post
        I don't understand why they work on Linux support for their 3D feature, while there is something important like Optimus being neglected. Is 3D being used in the Linux business world then?
        Would you like them to stop working on a Linux driver instead?

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        • #5
          What about the state of RANDR support?

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          • #6
            The Linux graphics market is workstation 3D. That's where the customers are. That's why both fglrx and nvidia tend to focus on professional 3D applications.

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            • #7
              KMS...



              Still no KMS support...

              DAMMIT!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Raine View Post


                Still no KMS support...

                DAMMIT!
                The NVIDIA blob has had KMS support for a long, long time. Much longer the the OSS drivers. It also supports running X as a normal user. If NVIDIA were to switch the blob to use the same method of acceleration as the OSS drivers, it would set them back years in terms of reliability, performance, and image quality.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Nobu View Post
                  I expect 3d is being used for modeling and drafting, at the very least. Of course, anyone who's making games will need 3d capabilities, but I guess that's not as common in the "greater" game industry.
                  I meant the 3D Vision feature, for which you have to wear 3D glasses. I wonder who uses that on Linux.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by EarthMind View Post
                    I meant the 3D Vision feature, for which you have to wear 3D glasses. I wonder who uses that on Linux.
                    The big enterprise customers. nVidia does not target their GNU/Linux drivers for desktop users.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by efikkan View Post
                      The big enterprise customers. nVidia does not target their GNU/Linux drivers for desktop users.
                      Why would they bugfix openoffice then? fglrx targeted workstations as well and still it is non-comparable on desktop to nvidia.

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                      • #12
                        I'm not going to be unfair about a couple of reasonable bugs in comparison, however what were some saying again about that non-crashing quality of the nVidia drivers?

                        It sounds a little like Apple fanboys when they say that Macs never crash and don't get malware.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by crazycheese View Post
                          Why would they bugfix openoffice then? fglrx targeted workstations as well and still it is non-comparable on desktop to nvidia.
                          Many workstations have office suites. And anyway nVidia is not evil, they do fix an occasional bug for the desktop. What they lack is focus on desktop user oriented features such as profiles, optimus etc.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by V!NCENT View Post
                            I'm not going to be unfair about a couple of reasonable bugs in comparison, however what were some saying again about that non-crashing quality of the nVidia drivers?

                            It sounds a little like Apple fanboys when they say that Macs never crash and don't get malware.
                            I have been using 260 core 216 since two days with 270.41.06 under KDE4 composite and games. I found small bug in overclocking tab however (I actually downclocked the card in 2D). Not single crash, even after leaving the machine for 12 hours running. Opensource driver(amd opensource driver with 4770) however caused kernel panics periodically over the year of usage and had strange kde4 bugs (apart from composite being very sluggish, but I guess they fixed that with SVG you mentioned in earlier posts).

                            So, well, I can use the card features. Not very energy efficient vendor though.
                            Last edited by crazycheese; 05-20-2011, 05:47 PM. Reason: not noveau

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by efikkan View Post
                              Many workstations have office suites. And anyway nVidia is not evil, they do fix an occasional bug for the desktop. What they lack is focus on desktop user oriented features such as profiles, optimus etc.
                              That would be desktop or gaming stations then, wine etc run best on nvidia for years.
                              I think that they need to go into communication with community, they seriously lack linux pr(other word for lies ). Yes, and they screwed with optimus hard and screwed opengl on 4xx+ series. But the blob at least works very good.

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