Nouveau X.Org Driver Less Than 30k Lines Of Code
After delivering some development statistics on the xf86-video-intel driver yesterday, today there's a look at the development activity surrounding xf86-video-nouveau. This is the X.Org driver for Nouveau, the reverse-engineered open-source NVIDIA driver.
The Git stats on xf86-video-nouveau show from 14th of November 2003 through earlier this month with its most recent commit on 6 July. At present, this Nouveau DDX driver component is spread across 60 files with 29,464 lines of code. The Nouveau X.Org driver at less than 30k lines of code was developed over the course of 2,281 commits from 65 different developers. While the Nouveau X.Org driver works for open-source NVIDIA and simply counting the number of lines of code isn't an appropriate measurement for much of anything, the 29.4k LOC size is significantly less than the xf86-video-intel driver at 204.3k LOC. The to-be-published xf86-video-ati Git stats show it's size at 61.4k LOC. So the Nouveau X.Org driver is a seventh the size of Intel's driver and half the size of ATI's driver. Again though this isn't much of a useful measurement for end-users and is only counting the DDX component but not the Mesa or DRM/KMS driver components.
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