NVIDIA 173.08 Linux Display Driver
Phoronix: NVIDIA 173.08 Linux Display Driver
Last week it was exclusively reported by Phoronix that a new NVIDIA binary Linux display driver should be out in the next week, and sure enough we were right, again. The NVIDIA 173.08 Linux driver was released last night and features support for several new NVIDIA GPUs, including the GeForce 9800 series, experimental support for X Server 1.5, and a number of fixes with Linux 2.6.25 kernel compatibility.
Looking at the gotcha list that I'll run into when I update to Fedora 9 in a few weeks, I am now convinced this closed source driver is beyond lame. When the time is right, I will replace my 8600 GTS with an ATI card (most likely a 3870), there's no way I can keep on dealing with this madness.
yet another boring release
I am still waiting for decent 2d support on my 8600m which is still rubbish. So much for investing in a decent gpu:
seeing that old crappy intel gpu's do the basics properly thats probably what I'll get, that or an ati card
remm: Most users would switch to nvidia from ati, but maybe you are more lucky
I'm still wating for my 8600gt to support the same TVout features my 6600gt did. The TVOverScan option does aboslutely nothing with my 8600gt, and the overscan is WAY off the edges.
mostly @ remm:
I bought an HD3650 to replace my 8600gt but fglrx 8.3 seems to love completely crashing my computer (I need to try it with 2gb/ram instead of 4, but taking out memory to use a video card is not high on my list of acceptable solutions). fglrx may not be a whole lot better than Nvidia's blob, depending on your setup. When I've been able to get it working 2d performance (dragging a window) is appallingly slow. I'm patiently waiting for radeonHD to progress a bit more, and fglrx 8.4.
Amen Brother. You've pretty much summed up the experiences I've had concerning the state of video drivers in linux.
Originally Posted by Svartalf
What is the Perfomance speed, with Linux+3D with the new driver?
With older drivers:
Wine+COD4=25FPS (640x480) AA=off
Vista+COD4= 80FPS (800x600) AA=2x
My graphics card:
Linux runs as if it were a TNT2!!! (With older drivers)
that isnt exactly a fair thing to say.. while nvidias drivers may not be as fast under linux(i really dont know, i think they pretty much are), you arent doing a fair comparisin..
Originally Posted by osmanovic100
let me put it another way:
quake4 linux binaries on linux, max detail 1600x1200: probably 20-40 atleast fps or something, i do not know
quake4 linux binaries on windows, xp and vista, worst resolution, worst details: 0fps!
xp and vista runs as though they dont have a graphics card!! they run as though.. wait.. it doesent even run at all..
now see what kind of comparisin this is. its an unfair one.
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