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Confidence In An Open NVIDIA Strategy?

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Published on 15 March 2008 08:55 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in NVIDIA
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Back during CES 2008 we reported that NVIDIA may be plotting an open-source strategy (according to a NVIDIA partner) as the ATI/AMD camp has been on a spree with releasing NDA-free specifications to the OSS community and supporting two open source drivers (Radeon and RadeonHD). Since then, Intel has also joined this open bandwagon by releasing the G965/G35 programming documentation in full (2D, 3D, video, everything) even though they have already have a reliable open-source driver.

While NVIDIA has yet to publicize their intentions nor have we been able to get anyone at NVIDIA to confirm any of this information, something does definitely appear to be going on within their Santa Clara offices in regards to an improved Linux state. A seasoned industry insider had reaffirmed the information this week.

How confident are we, you ask? Yours truly has just ordered a notebook off this open-source high, and it contains a NVIDIA GPU. Since June 1, 2006 when the ATI Redblog started I had been running an ATI graphics processor in my main workstation and notebook. Today's purchase is a sign of solidarity, but when NVIDIA fosters the open-source community in a way that AMD and Intel have, you may find this notebook on my lap... If AMD doesn't beat them to a functional open-source 3D stack (on Mesa or Gallium3D).

Confidence In An Open NVIDIA Strategy?

Upon this notebook's arrival you'll be able to find Ubuntu Linux benchmarks of the NVIDIA Quadro NVS 140M and Intel Core 2 Duo T9300 (2.5GHz, 45nm, 6MB L2 cache, Penryn-core) processor at Phoronix. This notebook also has a 120GB hard drive, 2GB of DDR2-667 memory, and a WSXGA+ (1680 x 1050) wide-screen display.

For more on the current state of open-source and binary Linux graphics drivers, check out these articles. If you're inclined to do more, you can check out OpenTheBlob.com, which has been talked about before for the open letter to NVIDIA and most recently has been emailing NVIDIA AIB/OEM partners.

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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