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NVIDIA 2007 Year In Review

Michael Larabel

Published on 24 December 2007
Written by Michael Larabel
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The GeForce 8 support under Linux had started out quite problematic with a serious performance regression and other troubles, while through driver updates this is no longer an issue. However, these driver updates haven't affected earlier GeForce generations by much. From the seven drivers benchmarked with the GeForce 6600GT there are no performance improvements (or drops) to report.

Last year the new noteworthy features for the NVIDIA driver had included GLX_EXT_texture_from_pixmap support for Compiz/Beryl as well as improvements to the nvidia-settings panel, and the year before that there was Linux CoolBits and the introduction of Linux SLI (among other changes). However, this year most of the work done has surrounded the GeForce 8 series.

In our 2006 NVIDIA AYiR we had warned that 2007 would likely be the hardest year yet for NVIDIA on the Linux front and this has certainly panned out to be true. In addition to their initial GeForce 8 problems, they are now facing serious competition from ATI/AMD and their new Linux driver and new open-source strategy with open specifications. The developers behind the Nouveau driver are making steady progress and are working on an open-source Gallium3D component for NVIDIA graphics cards. Next year will be a critical time for NVIDIA on the Linux front as they determine how to respond to this increased competition and likely reaching the 200.xx Linux driver series. How they will respond, however, right now is anyone's guess.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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