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    Phoronix: Nouveau NV10-NV20 Can Now Handle S3TC

    While still not available by default, the Nouveau NV10/NV20 Mesa DRI driver can now handle S3TC texture compression support when available...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTA5NTM

  • #2
    When does the patent expire?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Michael
      As well, I was recently explaining this lack of S3 Texture Compression support by default in open-source Linux graphics drivers to a major game developer. He found these patent concerns to be silly to even the point of pure stupidity and will be looking at what can be done to resolve these concerns so there could be this support "out of the box" seeing as how many modern OpenGL games require this texture compression functionality.


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      • #4
        Originally posted by cl333r View Post
        When does the patent expire?
        I think that in 2017.

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        • #5
          Debian and Ubuntu have it through s2tc:
          https://bugs.launchpad.net/debian/+s...sa/+bug/823062

          see comment #3.

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          • #6
            Ah, I never expected a newsline still containing NV1x and NV2x. Wow, maybe I can really unbury my old Geforce 2 and 3 and put them to use. Maybe in the VIA boxes, that would be an upgrade.
            There's a lot of love for old hardware recently. That's refreshing.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by asdx
              Someone please buy the patent and burn it with fire.
              valve do have the plan to do THIS LOL ...

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              • #8
                Q, you have some good source there.

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                • #9
                  Didn't HTC buy this patent? They are probably more open source friendly than VIA/S3. Someone should have a talk with them and get a statement.

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                  • #10
                    HTC is Via/S3 for all intents and purposes.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Adarion View Post
                      Ah, I never expected a newsline still containing NV1x and NV2x. Wow, maybe I can really unbury my old Geforce 2 and 3 and put them to use. Maybe in the VIA boxes, that would be an upgrade.
                      There's a lot of love for old hardware recently. That's refreshing.
                      Yeah, too bad my Geforce 2 MX died many years ago along with my 500Mhz K6-2...

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Adarion View Post
                        There's a lot of love for old hardware recently. That's refreshing.
                        Even older hardware Riva TNT series has also seen some love. With Linux 3.2 or 3.3 I2C broke on this hardware meaning you couldn't detect screen resolutions and TV outputs stopped working. 3.4 fixed it again. I still have a Riva TNT2 Pro as spare graphics card.

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                        • #13
                          The good thing is that for a long time these old cards used far less power than any modern card. And if you needed a GPU just for displaying text and stuff they came in quite handy.
                          On the other side my Geforce 3 then was hot and hungry so having it replaced with a modern GPU was far better.
                          But looking at my collection I even see some old ISA cards. Maybe 512 K VRAM. Heh. I wonder if I could get then to run. But then, how to find a working mainboard that still has ISA...

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