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NVIDIA Proposes Extending RandR

While NVIDIA's proprietary driver for their GeForce/Quadro hardware still lacks RandR 1.2+ support (that will hopefully change when RandR 1.4 is finally out), NVIDIA has proposed extending RandR to support over-scan compensation. This support isn't for their mainline NVIDIA binary driver but rather their TEGRA Linux driver.
18 July 2011 - Overscan Compensation - 4 Comments

Missing Functionality From The Linux Graphics Drivers

While NVIDIA yesterday released a new Linux driver, it was quick to be pointed out in our forums that NVIDIA Optimus Technology still is not officially supported under Linux. But that's not all that's missing from their proprietary driver.
16 July 2011 - What's Missing? - 56 Comments

NVIDIA 275.19 Linux Driver Published

While NVIDIA is already in the middle of working on the 280 driver series and there's been a public beta of that, this Friday morning NVIDIA has released a new 275.xx stable release. While this release is still tagged in the 275 series, it does contain a few worthwhile fixes and new hardware enablement.
15 July 2011 - New Driver - 6 Comments

NVIDIA Introduces 280 Linux Driver Series

Now that NVIDIA has officially released the 275.xx Linux driver, they're onto the 280.xx driver series. Just in time for the US holiday weekend they have released the NVIDIA 280.04 binary Linux driver beta.
2 July 2011 - 280.04 Beta Released - 2 Comments

NVIDIA Releases Tegra 12 Alpha 1 Ubuntu-Based Linux

Being released by NVIDIA this afternoon is the Tegra 12 Alpha 1 Linux release. This is a Linux software release intended for developers using NVIDIA's Tegra 2 platform.
27 June 2011 - Now Here - 4 Comments

NVIDIA Does An Official 275.xx Linux Driver Blob

NVIDIA has officially introduced their 275.xx Linux driver series with the stable release of the 275.09.07 binary driver this morning.
14 June 2011 - Released - 10 Comments

NVIDIA Linux Driver Now Does GL_EXT_x11_sync_object

NVIDIA's Linux/Unix engineering team has issued a new Linux beta driver in the 275.xx series. To succeed the first 275.xx Linux beta that was put out a few weeks back, NVIDIA has released the 275.09.04 Beta. There's only a few changes in this beta released today, but among them is support for the GL_EXT_x11_sync_object extension.
8 June 2011 - New Beta - 13 Comments

Microsoft & NVIDIA Have Been Closer Than Realized

Generating a fair amount of interest the past two days has been news that Microsoft and NVIDIA are in a relationship much closer than many realize. Dating back to an SEC paper in the year 2000, Microsoft carries the right of first and last refusal to purchase NVIDIA. While many Linux users are quite fond of NVIDIA hardware and their proprietary graphics driver for being stable and largely carrying a performance and feature parity to the Windows driver, there's been many emails sent over to Phoronix about this news.
7 June 2011 - In Bed Together - 12 Comments

NVIDIA Gets Happy, Puts Out Two New Blobs

NVIDIA has put out two new proprietary Linux driver updates. One of the drivers is a pre-release in the 270.xx series that largely is after bug-fixing, but the second driver is more interesting as it's the first (development) NVIDIA Linux driver release in the 275.xx series. The NVIDIA 275.09 beta driver brings new features.
20 May 2011 - Including 275.xx Beta - 26 Comments

Optimus Fun Merged For Linux 2.6.40 Kernel

In continuation of the recent topic about NVIDIA Optimus coming unofficially to Linux, Red Hat's David Airlie has just pushed several patches into drm-next that deal with Optimus. These patches will be part of the DRM pull request to then go into the Linux 2.6.40 kernel once its merge window opens.
10 May 2011 - drm-next - 1 Comment

NVIDIA Optimus Unofficially Comes To Linux

NVIDIA's Optimus multi-GPU technology now works under Linux. Well, at least for some notebooks, it's been hacked together by an open-source developer and in fact is working to use both Intel and NVIDIA graphics processors simultaneously with the respective drivers. This is the best Linux implementation we've seen yet with NVIDIA Corp still not announcing plans to officially support this technology under non-Microsoft operating systems.
8 May 2011 - prime-ng 2.0 - 14 Comments

Will NVIDIA Optimus Inevitably Come To Linux?

Aside from political issues surrounding open vs. closed-source (graphics) drivers on Linux, the proprietary NVIDIA Linux driver is widely liked. The proprietary NVIDIA Linux driver is relatively bug/trouble-free, has a performance parity to the Windows driver, supports new hardware right away, and has a near feature parity to the Windows driver. There's not much more you could ask for from a closed-source driver, aside from a few missing features. One of the missing features that's been widely talked about as of late has been Optimus.
25 April 2011 - From The Blob, It's Likely - 14 Comments

NVIDIA Updates Its Legacy Binary Blob

NVIDIA has updated its legacy binary Linux display driver. The NVIDIA 173.14.30 is this new driver release and it simply adds support for X.Org Server 1.10 and compatibility for the newest Linux kernel releases (up through Linux 2.6.38). That's it.
20 April 2011 - New X.Org, Kernel Support - 5 Comments

NVIDIA Pre-Releases A New Linux Driver

The NVIDIA crew working on their proprietary Linux driver have just pre-released a new build, NVIDIA 270.41.03. This Linux driver update mainly adds support for a number of new GeForce / Quadro GPUs.
13 April 2011 - New Hardware Enablement - 20 Comments

Ubuntu Call For Testing On The NVIDIA Blob

A call for testing has been issued on NVIDIA's binary Linux display driver for the upcoming Ubuntu 11.04 release.
16 March 2011 - NVIDIA Binary GPU Driver - 9 Comments

Who's Behind NVIDIA's 3D Vision Linux Work?

One of the features that's supported by NVIDIA's binary Linux driver that is not supported -- nor has even been attempted -- by the community Nouveau project or any other open-source project is for 3D Vision / 3D Vision Pro. 3D Vision is NVIDIA's technology that combines their consumer and workstation GPUs with specialized glasses and capable displays/projectors to provide a realistic 3D experience. 3D Vision Pro is effectively the same but with a focus upon the professional/enterprise markets by creating an immerse experience in Autodesk, Maya, and other costly applications.
8 March 2011 - It's A Focus - 7 Comments

NVIDIA 270.30 Works With X.Org Server 1.10 Final

Due to RandR 1.4 being pulled from X.Org Server 1.10, the video driver ABI had to be bumped to again, and this was at the last possible minute with X.Org Server 1.10 being released just days later. For the open-source X.Org drivers this just means recompiling the driver for the latest binary interface. For the binary blobs, this means NVIDIA and AMD must put out new releases.
4 March 2011 - ABI Version 10 - 11 Comments

NVIDIA CUDA 4.0 Tool-Kit Released

NVIDIA has announced the release of the CUDA 4.0 Tool-Kit this morning, which continues to be fully supported under Linux. NVIDIA's Compute Unified Device Architecture 4.0 focuses upon GPUDirect 2.0 Technology, Unified Virtual Addressing, and Thrust C++ Template Performance Primitive Libraries.
28 February 2011 - GPGPU Computing

Nouveau Fermi, GeForce GTX 580 Linux Benchmarks

And so it begins. Less than 24 hours after presenting OpenBenchmarking.org on the weekend, dozens of results are beginning to pour in (the latest test results). In particular, there's already a few sets off results that may interest many Phoronix readers.
27 February 2011 - Just The Start - 10 Comments

What NVIDIA's Linux Customers Want

Last week when talking about NVIDIA looking to expand its Linux team (hire more engineers), I asked what else NVIDIA Linux customers wanted that already wasn't offered by the proprietary driver for Linux / BSD / Solaris operating systems. Aside from the obvious one, of many desktop users wanting NVIDIA to support some sort of an open-source strategy, other expressed views are listed below.
16 February 2011 - Features - 28 Comments

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