The Nouveau driver
has been in development for several years now but with limited developers that are reverse-engineering NVIDIA's GPUs and there being no public documentation or support from NVIDIA, it has taken quite a while to come up with a reputable open-source driver that supports all of NVIDIA's hardware. Nouveau still doesn't have a stable released version of its 2D DDX or Mesa 3D driver, but development snapshots of it have appeared in Fedora and a few other distributions. With the release of Ubuntu 9.04
next April, a packaged version of Nouveau will finally appear in Ubuntu's repositories.
Hitting the jaunty-changes mailing list
this afternoon is an automated message that the Nouveau driver named xserver-xorg-video-nouveau
) has been accepted into Ubuntu 9.04. This is good news for those not interested in using the obfuscated and feature-limited xf86-video-nv driver
or NVIDIA's proprietary Linux driver.
Also exciting us are Jaunty updates for Mesa (a Git snapshot as of today), RandR 1.3
, and many other updated X.Org pieces. More information on the xserver-xorg-video-nouveau driver for Ubuntu 9.04 can be found on its package page
. It doesn't appear that Nouveau will replace xf86-video-nv as the default on new installations, so users will still need to manually make the move.