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    Phoronix: NVIDIA Updates Its Old GeForce 6 Series Driver

    While NVIDIA may not be doing much to help out Nouveau at the moment, they at least are supporting their Linux customers well in continuing to maintain their legacy binary Linux graphics drivers. The 304.1190 Linux driver was released today to fix a problem from NVIDIA's Nalu days...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTU4MDc

  • #2
    Nvidia's legacy support is simply FANTASTIC!
    Last edited by verde; 01-23-2014, 09:25 AM.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by verde View Post
      Nvidia's legacy support is simply FANTASTIC!
      Indeed. Looking at you, AMD, your turn to come up with a driver for your 2007 (not 2004 !!) hardware.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Vim_User View Post
        Indeed. Looking at you, AMD, your turn to come up with a driver for your 2007 (not 2004 !!) hardware.
        What could AMD even do to older cards to warrant a newer driver, and then make it better than the open-source one?

        Making a driver just to make one isn't exactly a productive use of time...

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        • #5
          Give me OpenGL 3.3 + UVD 2.0 support in r600g and you won't see me blaming AMD anymore.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by siavashserver View Post
            Give me OpenGL 3.3 + UVD 2.0 support in r600g and you won't see me blaming AMD anymore.
            r600g already support UVD 2.0, OGL3.3 will coming soon. I think that in next 2-3 moths we'll see 3.3 support.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Vim_User View Post
              Indeed. Looking at you, AMD, your turn to come up with a driver for your 2007 (not 2004 !!) hardware.
              Not only no, but hell no! Catalyst sucks except for supporting the very latest cards (and it failed miserably with the R290 in Phoronix's testing). The Catalyst Linux team can't even come up with a coherent version numbering scheme or be bothered to provide a changelog half the time. AMD is unwilling and/or able to give the same level of support to their blob that Nvidia does, which is why they invested in open-source driver development.

              So quit whining for old Catalyst blobs. If you're trying to play Steam games with your RadeonHD 4850 on Linux, you're doing it wrong...

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              • #8
                Originally posted by DanL View Post
                So quit whining for old Catalyst blobs. If you're trying to play Steam games with your RadeonHD 4850 on Linux, you're doing it wrong...
                If I still have to wait for UVD support on RS780/880/RV790 AMD is doing it wrong. So quit posting when you have no clue.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Espionage724 View Post
                  What could AMD even do to older cards to warrant a newer driver, and then make it better than the open-source one?

                  Making a driver just to make one isn't exactly a productive use of time...
                  AMD needs to choose to either support Open Source drivers full time, or ignore open source and work on their Catalyst drivers full time. Cause either one suffers lack of proper effort. While AMD's open source drivers are better then Nvidia's, it's not better then Nvidia's proprietary driver. Catalyst is not any better.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by nadro View Post
                    r600g already support UVD 2.0, OGL3.3 will coming soon. I think that in next 2-3 moths we'll see 3.3 support.
                    Theres no UVD for HD4850 or 4870

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by nadro View Post
                      r600g already support UVD 2.0, OGL3.3 will coming soon. I think that in next 2-3 moths we'll see 3.3 support.
                      As far as I know UVD 2.2 is only supported. However UVD 2.0 code is ready, but awaits review by AMD staff.

                      http://lists.freedesktop.org/archive...ry/051584.html

                      Originally posted by Christian König
                      The code for the first generation UVD blocks (RV6xx, RS780, RS880 and
                      RV790) is already implemented and I'm only waiting for the OK to release it.

                      The only problem is that I don't know if and when we are getting this OK
                      for release. Maybe tomorrow, maybe never. It just doesn't has a high
                      priority for the reviewer because we don't really sell that old hardware
                      any more.
                      Last edited by siavashserver; 01-23-2014, 11:36 AM.

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                      • #12
                        AMD not even that it does not maintain legacy GPU linux drivers, it actually took them down from their site! So I can't even use old AMD drivers. I have to use opensource Gallium 0.4, which does not work well on my integrated Radeon X1200 (although it says Gallium 0.4 on ATI RS690)...

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                        • #13
                          Tegra!

                          This actuality originates from Tegra SoCs Android drivers that are in use so don't think twice Nv is so caring & nice! It refares from ge force 6 to he force 8 generation as the same GPU architecture is in use on Tegra 3-4 SOCs...

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Vim_User View Post
                            If I still have to wait for UVD support on RS780/880/RV790 AMD is doing it wrong. So quit posting when you have no clue.
                            But the Catalyst UVD support isn't really better, either. So it's much better to ask AMD to update the OSS drivers rather than the old Catalyst blob (which won't have VDPAU support ever, anyway).

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by GreatEmerald View Post
                              But the Catalyst UVD support isn't really better, either. So it's much better to ask AMD to update the OSS drivers rather than the old Catalyst blob (which won't have VDPAU support ever, anyway).
                              Maybe not really better, but at least it is existent. We asked AMD over and over again to deliver UVD for those chips in the OSS driver, but as stated above, this is a low priority legal thing, so we might never get it in the OSS driver, while it is no legal problem at all to deliver UVD in the blob.
                              Fact is, AMD deprecated hardware without giving a fully functioning alternative, and of that deprecated hardware that isn't fully functioning one part in particular, the RS880, is still sold in masses. So AMD delivers hardware without a fully functioning driver, may sound harsh, but for me that is close to fraud.
                              At least it is a marketing disaster, I wonder where AMD does get its marketing department, so many piss poor decisions in the last years.
                              Last edited by Vim_User; 01-23-2014, 10:59 PM.

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