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  • NVIDIA Has Gallium3D Support In Fedora 13

    Phoronix: NVIDIA Has Gallium3D Support In Fedora 13

    While it's exciting to have kernel mode-setting, RandR, and EXA / X-Video acceleration for NVIDIA hardware in an open-source driver that is reliable since the mainlining of its DRM code and its adoption in Ubuntu 10.04 and other distributions, Fedora has already employed Nouveau support to various extents in their recent releases. Fedora started out by shipping the Nouveau DDX driver, then turned to kernel mode-setting support that has matured and is used by default with the current Fedora 12 release. With Fedora 13, Red Hat is again shipping with the latest free software NVIDIA bits, which now includes 3D support...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=Nzk4MQ

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    this is great! linux graphics are finally going somewhere! i love gallium

    Needless to say, this week we will be delivering Nouveau Gallium3D benchmarks atop Fedora Rawhide.
    exciting!
    although, i doubt the performance will be anything usable yet. at least with any detail settings...

    so he's using a 9400 gt? i think my 9600m gs is pretty much the same card, so i should see similar performance to him. they both have 32 shader units, or whatever they're called now.

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    • #3
      Nope the 9400gt has 16 units and is not really fast.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by rudl View Post
        Nope the 9400gt has 16 units and is not really fast.
        oh, thanks.
        that's right, my 9600m gs is actually a downclocked 9500 gt, not a 9400.

        so i should get reasonable performance. in that screenshot of nexuiz it said 20 fps. that's not bad at all. all of the settings were probably down, but that's still okay.
        i guess we'll just see when Phoronix does benches.

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        • #5
          That's amazing. How did they managed without any documentation?

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          • #6
            Foss ftw

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            • #7
              Originally posted by mar04 View Post
              That's amazing. How did they managed without any documentation?
              That would've been my question as well.

              Does it mean they got some (inofficial) support by nVidia?
              Or - Are the devs that good?
              Or - Is it that easy?

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              • #8
                Kudos to the nouveau people for getting so far so quickly. I'm still looking forward to the r300g driver getting general release support

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                • #9
                  i`ve been waiting for this long time. Although the binary nvidia blob is working like a charm for me, there is nothing comparing to oss. goo nouveau. :

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by DanL View Post
                    Kudos to the nouveau people for getting so far so quickly. I'm still looking forward to the r300g driver getting general release support
                    I doubt that nouveau is ahead of/more mature than r300g. Last time I tried r300g it was able to play quake-ish games, including Nexuiz. Performance was ok-ish.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by entropy View Post
                      That would've been my question as well.

                      Does it mean they got some (inofficial) support by nVidia?
                      Or - Are the devs that good?
                      Or - Is it that easy?
                      The devs are *very* good and it's *not* that easy

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by entropy View Post
                        That would've been my question as well.

                        Does it mean they got some (inofficial) support by nVidia?
                        According to nVidia they aren't getting any help at all.

                        Or - Are the devs that good?
                        That would be my guess.

                        Or - Is it that easy?
                        I doubt it

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                        • #13
                          Sweeeeet.

                          I have the nVidia GeForce 9400M GS. I expect Ubuntu 10.10 will ship working Noveau+Compiz, which should triple the noveau userbase and really provide a lot of testing.

                          What's really cool is to think.. now that we're all getting Free drivers, we want Free firmware.. once we have Free drivers and Free firmware, we might finally put some proper emphasis on CoreBoot.

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                          • #14
                            as bridgeman said the devs are that good and it is that hard .... but is hasn't happened that fast it has taken years of hard work and dedication to reverse engineer these cards. I just think that should be said as it hasn't been easy for these guys.

                            Also r600 is pretty advanced too most stuff seems to be working I haven't tried blood frontier again yet but sauerbraten is working and most everything else works even some games in wine though I have encountered a lot that don't yet

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Zhick View Post
                              I doubt that nouveau is ahead of/more mature than r300g. Last time I tried r300g it was able to play quake-ish games, including Nexuiz. Performance was ok-ish.
                              Last I heard the two drivers were about even, the difference is that the r300 driver already mostly works while there is no existing 3d nvidia support. So the bar is a lot higher before the r300g driver can be released.

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