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    Default 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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    Nope the 9400gt has 16 units and is not really fast.

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    Quote 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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    Quote Originally Posted by portets43 View Post
    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.
    Nope, all settings stock except OpenGL 2.0 shaders disabled (I think the driver doesn't support them yet, they make it *very* slow). Didn't tweak anything else. It's playable in a 1v1, might be tricky with more players.

    (I don't know how fast it runs with the proprietary driver, for comparison, I don't have it installed).

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    I have Fedora 12 x86-64 running on my Macbook Pro 4,1 which has an nVidia GeForce 8600M GT [NV50 family: NV84 (G84)].

    I fetched the latest Fedora 13 mesa and libdrm packages from koji, and installed them.

    Before:
    libdrm-2.4.17-1.fc12.i686
    libdrm-2.4.17-1.fc12.x86_64
    libdrm-devel-2.4.17-1.fc12.x86_64

    glx-utils-7.7-3.fc12.x86_64
    mesa-dri-drivers-7.7-3.fc12.i686
    mesa-dri-drivers-7.7-3.fc12.x86_64
    mesa-libGL-7.7-3.fc12.i686
    mesa-libGL-7.7-3.fc12.x86_64
    mesa-libGL-devel-7.7-3.fc12.x86_64
    mesa-libGLU-7.7-3.fc12.i686
    mesa-libGLU-7.7-3.fc12.x86_64
    mesa-libGLU-devel-7.7-3.fc12.x86_64

    After:
    libdrm-2.4.17-3.fc13.i686
    libdrm-2.4.17-3.fc13.x86_64
    libdrm-devel-2.4.17-3.fc13.x86_64

    glx-utils-7.8-0.16.fc13.x86_64
    mesa-dri-drivers-7.8-0.16.fc13.i686
    mesa-dri-drivers-7.8-0.16.fc13.x86_64
    mesa-libGL-7.8-0.16.fc13.i686
    mesa-libGL-7.8-0.16.fc13.x86_64
    mesa-libGL-devel-7.8-0.16.fc13.x86_64
    mesa-libGLU-7.8-0.16.fc13.i686
    mesa-libGLU-7.8-0.16.fc13.x86_64
    mesa-libGLU-devel-7.8-0.16.fc13.x86_64

    Additionally installed:
    (the actual nouveau_dri.so driver)
    mesa-dri-drivers-experimental-7.8-0.16.fc13.x86_64
    (and just for plain testing)
    mesa-demos-7.8-0.16.fc13.x86_64

    glxinfo now reports:
    client glx vendor string: Mesa Project and SGI
    client glx version string: 1.4
    GLX version: 1.4
    OpenGL vendor string: nouveau
    OpenGL renderer string: Gallium 0.4 on NV84
    OpenGL version string: 2.1 Mesa 7.8-devel
    OpenGL shading language version string: 1.20

    ie. success!

    and stuff is clearly working (I even turned on Compiz and had the rotating cube for a few minutes), however the system locks up after a while [a few minutes? ie. some time playing around - I got about 2/3 of the way through the mesa-demos before it locked up the first time]. Or rather not the system itself, but just the X server - I can still ssh in over the network, looks like X is burning 100% cpu, can be kill -9'ed, and then acceleration seems to be gone (on the new X server) till reboot.

    Tried with both these kernels:
    kernel-2.6.31.12-174.2.3.fc12.x86_64
    kernel-2.6.32.8-48.rc2.fc12.x86_64

    I'm guessing though that it's too early to be reporting bugs of any kind (although I'm willing to debug) and furthermore this mixed fc12-fc13 setup is probably _very_ unsupported.

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

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    Foss ftw

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    Quote 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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    Quote 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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