Ubuntu 10.04's Nouveau Stack Gets Ready
Written by Michael Larabel in Ubuntu on 13 February 2010 at 05:05 AM EST. 15 Comments
One of the slated features for Ubuntu 10.04 early on in its development cycle was support for the Nouveau graphics driver on NVIDIA hardware since it's much better than the xf86-video-nv driver mess and has a much brighter future, which is especially important with 10.04 "Lucid Lynx" being a Long-Term Support (LTS) release. This was prior to Nouveau going mainline with Linux 2.6.33, but Ubuntu Lucid is running with the Linux 2.6.32 kernel so as a result Nouveau's DRM was back-ported.

The Ubuntu-X testers have been feverishly testing their 2.6.33-pulled Nouveau DRM on the Linux 2.6.32 kernel along with their KMS-supported xf86-video-nouveau DDX driver. Canonical's Bryce Harrington describes this Nouveau stack as being "nearly ready" for Lucid and is requesting a final test among those interested in the open-source NVIDIA graphics hardware support. This is only for 2D/video and kernel mode-setting support, but the Gallium3D driver for providing OpenGL acceleration isn't going to be deployed, so users are left with the software rasterizer.

If you are interested in testing out Ubuntu 10.04's Nouveau stack you can do so by following this call for testing thread and checking out the Nouveau evaluation Wiki page.

Ubuntu developers are interested in knowing whether the system boots, if VT switching functions, whether the default resolution that is mode-set is correct, the resolution listing is correct, whether RandR-driven screen inverting and rotation works, can movies play with Nouveau in Totem, if Adobe Flash correctly works, if software 3D will not crash the X Server, and lastly is if suspend-and-resume/hibernation works accordingly.
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