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Nouveau In Linux 2.6.36 Has NVIDIA Fermi Mode-Setting

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  • #21
    So at least they would be bring functionality to hardware that will never be officially supported rather than stealing work that has already been done and branding it opensource...

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    • #22
      You don't sound very appreciative of the nouveau team's efforts.

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      • #23
        Originally posted by pingufunkybeat View Post
        This means that there will be no closed-source driver for the Nouveau team to reverse engineer.
        huh? Of course the blob supports fermi cards.

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        • #24
          It doesn't (and will not) support Optimus.

          So it will be hard for the nouveau team to support Optimus.

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          • #25
            Originally posted by pingufunkybeat View Post
            It doesn't (and will not) support Optimus.

            So it will be hard for the nouveau team to support Optimus.
            Possibly they could RE the Windows driver somehow?

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            • #26
              Originally posted by jmcharron View Post
              So at least they would be bring functionality to hardware that will never be officially supported rather than stealing work that has already been done and branding it opensource...
              Stealing work, wtf are you talking about? They are writing their *own* driver for hardware NVidia has refused to release docs. There's no theft in that. If you think otherwise, perhaps you should contact NVidia and tell them about the 'theft' that's going on.

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              • #27
                Originally posted by pingufunkybeat View Post
                and having to navigate to strange websites to download strange binaries.
                I would hardly call nvidia "strange websites to download strange binaries.". Unless you audit every single piece of code byte by byte and know exactly what every bit of code does a piece of opensauce software is just as much a leap of faith. Hell there are cases where nefarious pieces of code have been mirrored across the globe for years in opensource solutions only to be found many years later. Having to grab a piece of source from who knows where on the net for sombody that you have no real personal knowledge of is just as not dangerous, if not more.

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                • #28
                  Originally posted by deanjo View Post
                  Having to grab a piece of source from who knows where on the net for sombody that you have no real personal knowledge of is just as not dangerous, if not more.
                  Yeah, why trust anyone on the Internet? Just go to the local store and buy an operating system? ;(

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                  • #29
                    Originally posted by deanjo
                    Unless you audit every single piece of code byte by byte and know exactly what every bit of code does a piece of opensauce software is just as much a leap of faith.
                    I don't audit all of the code, but I am sure that at least some of it is audited by RedHat, IBM, Intel and others.

                    The fact that it CAN be audited is already important. And it works out of the box, the same way Nvidia doesn't.

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                    • #30
                      The rate at which the nouveau driver has progressed with no docs and having to reverse engineer everything is pretty dang impressive. Kudos to the devs.

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