1. Computers
  2. Display Drivers
  3. Graphics Cards
  4. Memory
  5. Motherboards
  6. Processors
  7. Software
  8. Storage
  9. Operating Systems


Facebook RSS Twitter Twitter Google Plus


Phoronix Test Suite

OpenBenchmarking.org

NVIDIA 64-bit FreeBSD Beta Driver By Year's End

BSD

Published on 24 November 2009 03:01 PM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in BSD
1 Comment

With the FreeBSD 8.0 release now available, we reached out to NVIDIA to find out the status of their 64-bit BSD display driver, now that this operating system carries the necessary mmap extension support in their 64-bit kernel for their proprietary graphics driver to function. Andy Ritger, who heads the user-space side of NVIDIA's UNIX Graphics Driver team and was previously interviewed by Phoronix, provided a brief update.

Ritger doesn't have a firm ETA when a 64-bit BSD display driver will be released, but he hopes soon. He added, "There should certainly be at least a public beta driver available before the end of the year."

NVIDIA has supported 32-bit FreeBSD systems with their graphics drivers for years, but this will be the first time 64-bit support is arriving. This driver will join NVIDIA's family of Unix graphics drivers that consist of FreeBSD x86, Solaris x86/x64, Linux x86, and Linux x86_64 (along with the no longer maintained Linux IA64).

Changes in FreeBSD 8.0 not only allow for this 64-bit binary display driver to function, but other underlying improvements will also allow PCI Express performance improvements, improved X/OpenGL performance, and even support for SLI. NVIDIA's Scalable Link Interface technology for multi-GPU rendering was introduced in their Linux and Solaris drivers way back in 2005 -- in fact, almost four years to the day.

It is not known though whether this forthcoming FreeBSD x86_64 driver will initially support multi-GPU SLI. Though with nearly all of NVIDIA's driver code being shared between all supported platforms (read the aforementioned interview), it would not be surprising if BSD SLI support is here very soon. Some of the technical changes that were made to FreeBSD to allow for these NVIDIA improvements can be found on the FreeBSD Wiki. We expect the FreeBSD improvements in NVIDIA's driver to be introduced as part of their work on the 195.xx driver series.

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 .
Latest Linux Hardware Reviews
  1. The MSI X99S SLI PLUS Is Working & Running Well On Linux
  2. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980: The Best GPU For Linux Gamers
  3. ROCCAT LUA: A Linux-Friendly Gaming Mouse
  4. Cheetah Mounts: The Affordable Way To Put Your TV On The Wall
Latest Linux Articles
  1. Preview: Radeon Gallium3D Performance For CS:GO On Linux
  2. XWayland Linux Gaming Performance With GNOME Wayland On Fedora 21
  3. EXT4/Btrfs/XFS/F2FS Benchmarks On Linux 3.17
  4. Fedora 21 Alpha First Impressions: It's Great
Latest Linux News
  1. VA-API Gallium3D State Tracker Added Back To Mesa
  2. Radeon DRM Gets New Information Ioctl Queries
  3. Mir 0.8 Works On Less ABI Breakage, Touchspots, Responsiveness
  4. CS:GO For Linux Gains Better Stability, Community Server Support
  5. NVIDIA Issues Updated 340.46 Long-Lived Driver Release
  6. KDE Plasma 5.1 Now In Beta
  7. Systemd & Debian Were Most Popular In September
  8. Microsoft Announces... Windows 10 With A Start Menu
  9. Borderlands 2 Launches On Steam For Linux
  10. Debian Jessie Might Get Rid Of The kFreeBSD Port
Latest Forum Discussions
  1. Take the Steam Survey results with a grain of salt. It is flawed.
  2. X.Org Is Looking For Some Female Help
  3. Microsoft Announces... Windows 10 With A Start Menu
  4. NVIDIA Alerts Nouveau: They're Starting To Sign/Validate GPU Firmware Images
  5. Updated and Optimized Ubuntu Free Graphics Drivers
  6. Nero CD/DVD Burning Software On Linux Is Dead
  7. New Group Calls For Boycotting Systemd
  8. FSF Issues Statement On Shellshock Bash Vulnerability