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It's been seven weeks since the obfuscated xf86-video-nv driver was last updated, so this afternoon NVIDIA's Aaron Plattner decided to release version 2.1.10, which will be in time for X.Org 7.4. However, before getting excited that they may actually be doing something good with this open-source driver, it continues to be limited to 2D acceleration and of limited use to someone that just laid down several hundred dollars for a graphics card or two.
30 June 2008 - Nothing To Get Excited Over... - 4 Comments
Yesterday we reported on the Linux Foundation's message they have issued on the behalf of more than 140 kernel developers: Binary-only kernel modules are harmful and undesirable. While no vendor was singled out in this message, the biggest hardware manufacturer that has yet to provide any real level of open-source support is NVIDIA Corporation.
24 June 2008 - NVIDIA Fends Off Attacks From Developers - 90 Comments
NVIDIA has released the 173.14.09 binary display driver. However, support for the GeForce GTX 200 series is not part of the change-log, unfortunately. This driver is just a bug-fix release for the recently released 173.14.05. Though this driver does have the following fixes: aliased font rendering corruption on X.Org Server 1.5, display corruption problem driving two dual-link DFPs with the Quadro FX 1700, a regression that prevented the X driver from starting on some GeForce FX/6/7 series, and fixing a locale-interaction issue in the nvidia-settings parser. In addition, this release also has preliminary support for the Linux 2.6.26 kernel. To download the x86 and x86_64 NVIDIA Linux drivers, click here and here, respectively.
17 June 2008 - No GeForce GTX 200 Support For Linux - 15 Comments
This morning NVIDIA had unveiled the GeForce GTX 200 series and already NVIDIA's Aaron Plattner has committed support for these cards to the open-source xf86-video-nv driver. This support just involved adding in two new PCI IDs for the GeForce GTX 260 and GTX 280. No other work was needed, since of course this driver is limited to mode-setting and 2D acceleration. Though if you've just shelled out $399 or $649 on a graphics card, changes are you will want to stay clear of this obfuscated driver. If you want to check out this driver, you'll need to obtain it from git on FreeDesktop.org.
16 June 2008 - NVIDIA Updates Its Obfuscated Driver - 3 Comments
As expected, today NVIDIA unveiled their GeForce GTX 200 family of graphics processors. At this time their family is a bit small with only the GeForce GTX 260 and GTX 280 being shown off, but the GTX family should grown soon. These GTX GPUs support CUDA (with PhysX support), second generation NVIDIA unified architecture, 3-way SLI Technology, and PureVideo HD. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 is made up of 192 processing cores, 576MHz core clock, 999MHz memory clock for its 896MB GDDR3 memory on a 448-bit interface. The fastest GTX processor right now, the GTX 280, has 240 processing cores, 602MHz core clock, 1107MHz memory clock for its 1GB GDDR3 memory on a 512-bit interface. Right now there is no NVIDIA Linux driver to support these next-generation GPUs, but once there is we'll let you know along with providing a performance run-down and other analysis. The GTX 260 costs $399 USD while the GeForce GTX 280 will set you back $649.
16 June 2008 - GeForce GTX 260 and 280 On Linux? - 7 Comments
This past week NVIDIA had unveiled the GeForce 9 Mobile GPUs at the Computex Taipei trade-show. The GeForce 9M GPUs were announced just before AMD had rolled out its Puma platform with the fastest ATI mobile graphics ever and the introduction of XGP, which is a PCI Express 2.0 technology for allowing external graphics cards to be used with this new notebook platform.
8 June 2008 - Supported By xf86-video-nv
From Computex Taipei, NVIDIA has announced the GeForce 9 Mobile GPUs. NVIDIA claims these next-generation mobile GPUs are 40% faster than their current GeForce 8 mobile processors and 10x faster than IGPs. These low-power GPUs also support PureVideo HD with full support for Blu-ray. When it comes to connectors, these GPUs are designed for NVIDIA's new MXM v3.0 module specification and from the outside they can support DVI, HDMI 1.3, DisplayPort 1.1, and analog VGA connections.
3 June 2008 - Computex Launch: GeForce 9M
Following the introduction of Intel's Atom MID (Mobile Internet Device) processor family as part of the Menlow platform, VIA had introduced the Nano Processor Family just last week. Today at Computex Taipei, NVIDIA has announced their own mobile processor. NVIDIA's family of mobile processors is called Tegra and is currently made up of the Tegra 650 and Tegra APX 2500, which are planned for use with Windows smart-phones. The Tegra computer-on-a-chip architecture is made up of an 800MHz ARM CPU, HD video processor, and ultra low-power (and low-end) GeForce GPU. More information can be found in the NVIDIA Tegra Press Release.
2 June 2008 - NVIDIA Has Their Own MID CPU - 6 Comments
In addition to NVIDIA releasing the 173.14.05 Linux/FreeBSD/Solaris driver this past week, they've made an additional software move. NVIDIA has decided to release Gelato Pro, which previously costed $1,500 USD per node, as now a free download. Gelato Pro is rendering software developed (originally the Blue Moon Rendering Tools and Entropy software before a 2002 acquisition by NVIDIA) that allows for advanced acceleration on NVIDIA (specifically the Quadro series) GPUs. There has been a Gelato non-Pro edition of this software capable of rendering film-quality images that has been available for a free download, but now the professional edition is also free. The caveat for making this free, however, is that NVIDIA no longer plans to maintain the Gelato software. They have discontinued all work on the Gelato software and will be focusing their resources on mental ray software.
2 June 2008 - But At The Same Time Its Left For Dead - 5 Comments
As a late Friday night release, NVIDIA's Aaron Plattner has announced xf86-video-nv 2.1.9. Back in March the xf86-video-nv 2.1.8 driver was released with initial support for the GeForce 9600GT and today's release improves the G80 support as well as fixing some startup bugs, sorting the supported devices table, adding an option to allow validation of dual-link DVI modes, and a few other minor changes. This announcement can be read on the xorg mailing list.
9 May 2008 - xf86-video-nv 2.1.9 - 1 Comment
When OpenTheBlob.com started in late February, within one week of its launch it already had 5,000 signatures and days later it passed the 6,000 and 7,000 marks too. This letter was an open letter to NVIDIA looking for more information on their open-source strategy. While things have slowed down, this past week it crossed the point of having 9,000 signatures!
26 April 2008 - In An Open Letter To NVIDIA Corp - 3 Comments
Last week NVIDIA had released the 173.08 display driver for Linux and Solaris operating systems. This driver update had introduced support for new GeForce and Quadro GPUs, experimental X Server 1.5 support, NVIDIA mobile improvements, and a few bug-fixes.
15 April 2008 - Are You Sure You Want To Upgrade? - 38 Comments
Back in January AMD had introduced the Radeon HD 3870 X2 and this morning NVIDIA has counter-attacked them by unleashing the NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GX2. The GeForce 9800 GX2 graphics card is made up of two GeForce G9x 65nm GPUs with each one being clocked at 600MHz and each having 128 stream processors and 512MB of 1GHz GDDR3 memory. These two GPUs are on the same PCB and connected via Scalable Link Interface. Early Windows benchmarks show the NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GX2 slaughtering the Radeon HD 3870 X2, but AMD's dual-GPU offering is priced much lower.
18 March 2008 - New NVIDIA Linux Drivers Soon
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.
15 March 2008 - Will It Be An OSS Fight To The Finish? - 11 Comments
Following the open letter to NVIDIA at OpenTheBlob.com that takes aim at NVIDIA's lack of a reliable open-source driver, now out is a letter geared for NVIDIA's board partners (ASUS, Dell, BFG Tech, etc). This happens to be based off of a strategy I discussed before for frustrated ATI customers prior to the new driver code-base. If you're interested in taking a stand for an open NVIDIA, the page with links and a sample letter can be found here.
12 March 2008 - OpenTheBlob.com At Work Again - 18 Comments
Late last month NVIDIA had unveiled the GeForce 9600GT graphics card as direct competition to the AMD Radeon HD 3850 / 3870. This new PCI Express graphics card still isn't supported by the latest official driver (169.12), but it's been reported to work (at least partially) when using the Tesla 171.05 driver. There is now, however, limited open-source support for this card.
7 March 2008 - If you like the nv driver...
Just four days ago the OpenTheBlob.com letter to NVIDIA requesting open-source support was published and it already has in excess of 5,000 signatures. Most of these signatures are also accompanied by comments, after hitting the front-pages of Digg and Reddit. Congratulations to the community with 5,000+ signatures in just four days, and hopefully the rumor pans out and NVIDIA will see the mutual benefit in an open-source strategy.
3 March 2008 - The Open Letter To NVIDIA - 7 Comments
For those interested in seeing official open-source support from NVIDIA or open specifications, there is an open letter for open drivers to NVIDIA at OpenTheBlob.com. With both AMD and Intel now supporting open-source X.Org drivers and releasing specifications/documentation, the community is looking for the same (if not more) from NVIDIA. Keep in mind, last month we reported at Phoronix that NVIDIA may be developing an open-source strategy. This open letter to NVIDIA (and where you can leave your signature/comments) can be found here.
29 February 2008 - OpenTheBlob.com Takes Aim - 15 Comments
This morning NVIDIA has introduced their first GeForce 9 graphics card, with the introduction of the GeForce 9600GT. The NVIDIA GeForce 9600GT isn't the new high-end graphics card, but rather their next-generation mainstream graphics card that is designed to compete with AMD's recent Radeon HD 3850 and 3870. The NVIDIA 9600GT (G94) GPU is built on a 65nm process, 64 stream processors, 650MHz reference core clock, 1800MHz GDDR3 reference memory clock with a 256-bit interface, two dual-link DVI connectors, and is a PCI Express 2.0 part.
21 February 2008 - No NVIDIA G94 Linux Driver, Yet... - 16 Comments
Earlier this month it was revealed that NVIDIA Corporation would be buying up AGEIA Technologies, which is the maker of the PhysX SDK and the PhysX PPU (Physics Processing Unit) hardware. That same day we had then asked the question whether is NVIDIA buying AGEIA good for Linux? (The responses.) AGEIA had produced a PhysX software SDK binary for Linux but have never released a Linux driver to enable the offloading of these physics calculations to their PPU hardware.
14 February 2008 - PhysX Being Ported To CUDA - 10 Comments
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