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  • #16
    Originally posted by DScape View Post
    All I care about is KMS and Wayland support.
    why not galium3D? yes wayland is important really.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by allquixotic View Post
      HD5970 on r600g
      hey nice nice you are really nice yes you are.

      but "HD5970 on r600g"= FAIL.

      really the hd5970 is a '''windows'''TM card.

      i do not have any problem by buying expensive amd stuff but please sell your card to an windows user and buy a HD6970 2gb vram.

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      • #18
        2D performance still sucks.
        Just try to play freeciv_gtk with the nvidia driver. Nouveau is so much better there.

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        • #19
          Just give me a good open source driver. I hate going to test out a Linux distro in Live mode and the screen looks all wonky or the desktop doesn't work right because I have to install a proprietary driver, something you can't do without installing the OS, which kind of defeats the purpose of Live distros. Once you get the propreitary drivers installed, Nvidia cards rock, (except on KDE, but that's as much KDE's bad as it is Nvidia's) but before that they suck. Give me an open source driver with 3D support and that works as well as a proprietary driver that can be used to truly test a Linux distro before you install it and I'll be happy. You can keep some of those other features, IMO.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by SciFiDude79 View Post
            Just give me a good open source driver. I hate going to test out a Linux distro in Live mode and the screen looks all wonky or the desktop doesn't work right because I have to install a proprietary driver, something you can't do without installing the OS, which kind of defeats the purpose of Live distros. Once you get the propreitary drivers installed, Nvidia cards rock, (except on KDE, but that's as much KDE's bad as it is Nvidia's) but before that they suck. Give me an open source driver with 3D support and that works as well as a proprietary driver that can be used to truly test a Linux distro before you install it and I'll be happy. You can keep some of those other features, IMO.
            in my point of view paying 2-3 opensource devs is very cheap for a company like nividia.

            maybe nvidia chance there mind in the future.

            in my point of view an nvidia OS driver only need basic stuff openGL2.1+KMS

            maybe no one need an advance nvidia OS driver.

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            • #21
              Originally posted by Qaridarium View Post
              in my point of view paying 2-3 opensource devs is very cheap for a company like nividia.
              They would sacrifice their premium business cards that differentiate from consumer hardware through special drivers.
              http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nvidia_Quadro

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              • #22
                Originally posted by Thunderbird View Post
                Optimus support will likely never come to the blob. Essentially it would require Nvidia to integrate an Intel driver into the blob. Since the way Optimus works is that the Nvidia GPU does all its rendering to the framebuffer of the Intel GPU (after a frame is done a memcpy to the Intel framebuffer happens). The Intel GPU does all the presentation of the to the main display, so a full Intel 2D driver including mode switching all the other hell is needed.
                This would be SO easy with open drivers. They would share most of the infrastructure, so no problem at all.

                And people actually claim that a closed source solution is technically better. If it makes it impossible to write drivers, then it's not better.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by AnonymousCoward View Post
                  As much as I agree with you, I'm pretty sure the few customers that think like that won't even make one Nvidia exec blink...
                  The regular Linux desktop users do not make Nvidia execs blink either.

                  The binary drivers are there because it's relatively little work for them, since they have a cross-platform workstation driver anyway. Not because of enthusiast Linux-Wine gamers and their millions of bucks.

                  As soon as anything Linux related actually requires proper Linux-related work (Optimus, xrandr, full XRender extension support, etc.) you get nothing.

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by Shining Arcanine View Post
                    There are several items that need attention that people are reporting at nvnews.net:
                    • Overclocking on GeForce 8 series cards is broken
                    • Twinview does not work properly with the 200 series and up drivers.
                    • 2D Performance is awful on the GeForce 7 series (e.g. my GeForce Go 7900 GS)

                    You could probably find more if you looked. Anyway, it seems that Nvidia's current development resources cannot support more architectures, add more features and fix all of these issues at once. With that in mind, it does not surprise me that they are asking for help.
                    I have a 7900GS in my desktop and 2D/3D work fine with KDE. Maybe a bug in your system's config perhaps?

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by pingufunkybeat View Post
                      The regular Linux desktop users do not make Nvidia execs blink either.

                      The binary drivers are there because it's relatively little work for them, since they have a cross-platform workstation driver anyway. Not because of enthusiast Linux-Wine gamers and their millions of bucks.

                      As soon as anything Linux related actually requires proper Linux-related work (Optimus, xrandr, full XRender extension support, etc.) you get nothing.
                      Is it really that cheap for them?
                      I thought it would still be quite some work to get it to work with Xorg.

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by testerus View Post
                        They would sacrifice their premium business cards that differentiate from consumer hardware through special drivers.
                        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nvidia_Quadro
                        i know that,.. amd do have the same upper shit "fireGL" to.

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by AnonymousCoward View Post
                          Is it really that cheap for them?
                          I thought it would still be quite some work to get it to work with Xorg.
                          Obviously only the people working on the closed driver would know this, but they actually replace most of the X that they need with their own in-house solution written for Windows.

                          More than 95% of the driver is cross-platform code that has nothing to do with Linux.

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                          • #28
                            In the past, I always got Nvidia card because "It's the way to be played"... on Linux BUT..

                            After I got my quad core Q6600 CPU (with a 8600GTS), I got a problem of X pumping 100% of one core and everything freezing.. I made some research and everyone on the Nvidia forum told me to use maxcpu=1 or nosmp as a simple fix.... (They call that a fix...)

                            After this bug and another one made me lost a couple of "Internet Spaceships", I decided to buy an ATI HD4670... All problem vanish (OK... 30 minutes of geeking to get the two screens working...) and the time past...

                            One years later, I decided that I want to run 3 EVE-Online client in the same time with Wine so.... I buyed a Nvidia 9600_something_big. When I got home, I found out that the card have only ONE DVI output and nothing else (no VGA port)... I did not know at that time that single head card from Nvidia was still existing so.. One day later, I switched for another 9600_something with two head...

                            Know what?, The famous 100% CPU Usage for xorg bug was not corrected after that time, on the nvidia forum, they still arg me with the stupid magic nosmp boot parameter that fix everything!

                            So.. 2 day later, I go the the shop with the card and I explained the problem to the guy and he exchanged the card for a ATI HD4870 for free... Of course it took some geeking to make everything work BUT I was able to use all my CPU cores And now that the S3TC hooks landed in r600g, I don't need the ATI blob anymore to play my internet spaceship game and I can use GIT everything without any blob problem!

                            So no more Nvidia for a couple time (at lease, until nouveau work = or better than r600g.

                            PS : A friend of me got the same problem (that can be fixed easy with the magic nosmp boot parameter) with different hardware/distribution at his work place, they remplaced all cards by ATI (on my advise) and the problem vanish!

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by RavFX View Post
                              I buyed a Nvidia 9600_something_big. When I got home, I found out that the card have only ONE DVI output and nothing else (no VGA port)... I did not know at that time that single head card from Nvidia was still existing so.. One day later, I switched for another 9600_something with two head...
                              i wonder why you are not hitten by the bump-gate nvidia scandal in the 1-2 days with the 9600 nvidia.

                              you are very lucky if you really get this card i'm sure the card burn your pc down 1 week later

                              in the past i have an geforce8600 based notebook dieing because of this nvidia upper shit bump-gate scandal..

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