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    Phoronix: Ubuntu 10.04's Nouveau Stack Gets Ready

    One of the slated features for Ubuntu 10.04 early on in its development cycle was support for the Nouveau graphics driver on NVIDIA hardware since it's much better than the xf86-video-nv driver mess and has a much brighter future, which is especially important with 10.04 "Lucid Lynx" being a Long-Term Support (LTS) release. This was prior to Nouveau going mainline with Linux 2.6.33, but Ubuntu Lucid is running with the Linux 2.6.32 kernel so as a result Nouveau's DRM was back-ported.The Ubuntu-X testers have been feverishly testing their 2.6.33-pulled Nouveau DRM on the Linux 2.6.32 kernel along with their KMS-supported xf86-video-nouveau DDX driver...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=Nzk3OQ

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    Looks like Redhat is getting close to getting an Xserver that works with nearly every nvidia. I wonder how smooth it will be going from software rasterizers to various hardware platforms. I bet they get Geforce 4's 5's going pretty fast and 6's and 7's looks to be cruising along too.
    The next ubuntu looks to be shaping up to be a really good one.

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    • #3
      God I hope we can still run Compiz smoothly with this driver. I heard you won't be able to install the NVIDIA binary drivers in Lucid .. is that true?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by bugmenot View Post
        God I hope we can still run Compiz smoothly with this driver. I heard you won't be able to install the NVIDIA binary drivers in Lucid .. is that true?
        No.

        ...where did you hear that?

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        • #5
          And Fedora 13 will have 3D support for all NVidia cards too (both the new DRI driver and the Gallium driver are present).

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          • #6
            Originally posted by bugmenot View Post
            God I hope we can still run Compiz smoothly with this driver. I heard you won't be able to install the NVIDIA binary drivers in Lucid .. is that true?
            You won't be able to run Compiz with this driver, as it is 2D capable only, but you will be able to install NVidia binary driver in Lucid Lynx as always.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by bugmenot View Post
              God I hope we can still run Compiz smoothly with this driver. I heard you won't be able to install the NVIDIA binary drivers in Lucid .. is that true?
              If that's the case, then the test project they have set up for proprietary drivers would be a waste of time.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by remm View Post
                And Fedora 13 will have 3D support for all NVidia cards too (both the new DRI driver and the Gallium driver are present).
                http://www.happyassassin.net/2010/02...rt-on-nouveau/

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by remm View Post
                  And Fedora 13 will have 3D support for all NVidia cards too (both the new DRI driver and the Gallium driver are present).
                  woo! i get closer and closer every day to switching to fedora.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by portets43 View Post
                    woo! i get closer and closer every day to switching to fedora.
                    Seconded. I must say I'm really starting to appreciate Fedora's work and contributions to Linux.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Apopas View Post
                      You won't be able to run Compiz with this driver, as it is 2D capable only, .....
                      Well thats useless then, the majority of Linux users use Compiz and a I would say that all people with NVIDIA hardware would be using Compiz also because of the smooth Compiz experience in NVIDIA's binary driver.

                      It just shows you that Ubuntu/Linux still has a long way to go to provide equivalent quality and depth we see in Windows 7/OSX.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by bugmenot View Post
                        Well thats useless then, the majority of Linux users use Compiz and a I would say that all people with NVIDIA hardware would be using Compiz also because of the smooth Compiz experience in NVIDIA's binary driver.

                        It just shows you that Ubuntu/Linux still has a long way to go to provide equivalent quality and depth we see in Windows 7/OSX.
                        correct me if i'm wrong, but i thought that windows only has extremely poor support of nvidia cards, certainly much poorer than the nouveau driver.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by bugmenot View Post
                          It just shows you that Ubuntu/Linux still has a long way to go to provide equivalent quality and depth we see in Windows 7/OSX.
                          HUH? Since when you don't need to install the same NVidia's binary drivers in windows? At least in Linux we have a free driver with great potential...

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by bugmenot View Post
                            Well thats useless then, the majority of Linux users use Compiz and a I would say that all people with NVIDIA hardware would be using Compiz also because of the smooth Compiz experience in NVIDIA's binary driver.

                            It just shows you that Ubuntu/Linux still has a long way to go to provide equivalent quality and depth we see in Windows 7/OSX.
                            just use fedora 13 instead of ubuntu 10.04, nouveau 3d out of the box.

                            Originally posted by howlingmadhowie View Post
                            correct me if i'm wrong, but i thought that windows only has extremely poor support of nvidia cards, certainly much poorer than the nouveau driver.
                            definitely. windows graphics performance out of the box is so much worse than out of the box linux performance. on ati/intel/via, and when nouveau becomes standard that will equal linux behaving better on a fresh install.

                            i have had so many more windows problems with wireless than on linux.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Apopas View Post
                              HUH? Since when you don't need to install the same NVidia's binary drivers in windows? At least in Linux we have a free driver with great potential...
                              I am talking from the perspective of a normal desktop user not a deluded fanboy like yourself.

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