I should say they don't support Nouveau.
Originally Posted by Rexilion
No, they don't fully support Nouveau, but it looks like they are starting to change that attitude slightly... especially when it comes to their ARM parts (which are now based on Kepler/Maxwell and can run on Nouveau).
Originally Posted by Dukenukemx
Yes in 20 years maybe nouveau will have 40% of proprietary driver quality. Hopeless... Lets hope that Nvidia will keep provide excellent proprietary support.
Originally Posted by Veerappan
Still better than AMD(ATI). They dropped 4XXX support after c. 2y.
Originally Posted by Mat2
On the plus side with both of them mixing old GPUs w/new GPUs in "new" product lines that'll likely mean more than 2y of support, although I suspect in nVidia's case that they just wanted to dump all the crufty code to support VERY old GPUs out of the current drivers.
So my 4850 mobility is left with POS crapalyst 12.<whatever it was> in which I got to keep all of the bugs(never fixed), the new bugs added, crap video playback, and rendering path borkeness(as in the driver enters a rrace condition or something when trying to render in some specific situations, does this under windows as well) meanwhile your "old" nVidia drivers will be in pretty good shape comparatively speaking. The only problem will be when new interfaces for display engines, e.g. under linux are needed, but I wouldn't be at all surprised if nVidia didn't perhaps cough up special releases for at least some of the older cards(i.e. more "recent" dropped ones).
Mobility hd4650 / hd5850 / X300 here, working fine with radeon opensource.
Originally Posted by cutterjohn
Because I still use them for testing...
I don't get this weird attitude and quite frankly, it's been lasting for a pretty long time. All they [the Nouveau folks] are doing is checking out how the blob modifies the memory (disassembling is, read, ILLEGAL in notable countries and the approach for both projects is too diverse). Upstream helps them with some things, but that's it. You're _never_ going to see a driver that's equal with the manufacturer's binary version with that, and if you don't like it, then forget about it and don't use it.
Originally Posted by verde
These are about the same people who would be complaining about nv not containing any 3D acceleration code, and that the open-source community is very unsatisfactory for not being able to provide their own version. So now that we have one you're complaining that, well, it needs to be better, else it's crap?