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Nouveau News Archives

Will Nouveau Driver Impact Ubuntu 12.04's Battery?

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS is shipping with the Nouveau driver by default as the open-source (reverse-engineered) NVIDIA graphics driver support, just as they have done in previous releases, but will this cause your mobile device to go through increased power use?
31 March 2012 - Nouveau vs. NVIDIA - 7 Comments

Nouveau Project Has Huge Surprises Today

The reverse-engineered Nouveau driver project has two huge surprises to share with the NVIDIA-using Linux desktop community today. One announcement concerns new hardware enablement (Kepler!) and the other concerns the Nouveau driver's position within the Linux kernel.
22 March 2012 - Nouveau Driver - 26 Comments

Nouveau Driver Improves Buffer Swapping

While it's not often these days that there's worthwhile changes to talk about in an X.Org DDX driver, happening within the Nouveau driver camp in recent weeks has been some improvements to this open-source NVIDIA driver's buffer swap implementation and time-stamping.
2 March 2012 - Patches - 2 Comments

Image Quality Comparison: Nouveau Gallium3D vs. NVIDIA

Last week I posted an image quality comparison of the Radeon Gallium3D driver versus AMD's Catalyst Linux driver to highlight some visual differences between the open and closed-source Radeon graphics drivers. Now here's a look between the Nouveau Gallium3D driver and NVIDIA's proprietary Linux graphics driver.
21 February 2012 - Continuing On - 22 Comments

Nouveau Working On Video Decoding & More

For those wondering what the Nouveau project has been up to with their open-source NVIDIA efforts via reverse-engineering besides the working OpenCL support, they have been setting their eyes on video decoding and other areas.
8 February 2012 - Open-Source NVIDIA - 14 Comments

Nouveau Can Do OpenCL Compute For Open-Source NVIDIA

There's another big accomplishment within the open-source graphics camp: Nouveau developers now having an initial working OpenCL implementation for NVIDIA GeForce graphics hardware on the driver that the Linux community developed themselves via reverse-engineering without NVIDIA's support.
6 February 2012 - Finally - 10 Comments

Reclocking Hits For Open-Source NVIDIA Driver

Committed to the kernel repository for the open-source Nouveau driver for providing reverse-engineered NVIDIA hardware is now the initial GPU core/memory re-clocking support.
28 January 2012 - Nouveau - 5 Comments

Reverse-Engineered NVIDIA Driver Works On Re-Clocking

While Nouveau for open-source NVIDIA support in Mesa 8.0 is mixed, the developers behind this reverse-engineered NVIDIA driver are making some progress and hope to have more positive information to report soon.
24 January 2012 - Nouveau - 1 Comment

Moving Closer To NVIDIA Optimus On Linux

David Airlie filed a second DRM pull request over the night for the Linux 3.3 kernel. This second pull has work related to NVIDIA Optimus technology within the Nouveau driver.
13 January 2012 - Nouveau Patches - 13 Comments

Nouveau Commits: Fermi Reclocking, PM, MXM, Etc

Last week there were a number of commits to the Nouveau DRM kernel tree by Red Hat's Ben Skeggs, several of these commits bring interesting new features and support.
19 December 2011 - Nouveau Fun - 3 Comments

Nouveau Fermi Power Management Is A W.I.P.

After reading yesterday's the state of Radeon power management article, for those wondering about the Nouveau driver power management, here's a brief update.
8 December 2011 - Being Worked On - 7 Comments

Precise vBlank Timestamps For The Nouveau Driver

One year after the Radeon and Intel drivers supported precise vblank timestamps, there's a new patch for enabling this support in the open-source NVIDIA (Nouveau) driver.
24 November 2011 - vBlank - 2 Comments

Nouveau Working Towards Better MXM, Optimus

Ben Skeggs, the Red Hat employee who has been prolific in contributing towards the Nouveau driver project, is in need of some help from NVIDIA laptop owners. If you have a NVIDIA laptop, even the troublesome Optimus laptops, he has a simple chore for you in order to improve Nouveau's support for MXM.
7 October 2011 - Mobile PCI-E

The Proposal For Nouveau GPU Command Scheduling

After presenting this week at XDC2011 Chicago about TimeGraph, an open-source GPU command scheduler, and PathScale's GPGPU run-tiume, Shinpei Kato has now taken to the Nouveau list with his proposal.
16 September 2011 - Proposed

Nouveau Driver XDC2011 Status Update

Martin Peres provided a status update on the Nouveau driver during XDC2011 Chicago. Ben Skeggs, who's employed by Red Hat Australia to work on this open-source NVIDIA driver, was also in attendance at this development conference. Here's some of the key points in terms of future work.
15 September 2011 - Power Management - 1 Comment

PathScale Has An "Open" NVIDIA Compute Driver

PathScale, the company that developes the EKOPath 4 compiler and provided the *BSDs with a new run-time, is also the company behind the PSCNV driver. The PSCNV driver is the open-source NVIDIA driver that's forked from the Nouveau code and is focused on delivering maximum performance and to provide compute support. While the code isn't available at this time, it appears they have succeeded in having a working GPGPU compute abstration layer (CAL) that's independent of NVIDIA's binary driver.
14 September 2011 - News - 10 Comments

Nouveau Fan Management Code Published

At long last, if your computer has previously sounded like a jet engine when using the open-source Nouveau driver with your NVIDIA GeForce/Quadro graphics card, there is a solution. Fan management code has now been published by the Nouveau developers to support controlling the graphics card's fan speed when using this in-kernel Linux driver.
29 August 2011 - Finally - 13 Comments

Gallium3D XvMC For Nouveau Working, Again

While recently there was the merging of Mesa pipe-video to master. most of the recent video decoding work going on within the Gallium3D world has been into the ATI/AMD R600 Gallium3D driver for XvMC and now VDPAU support too. This is after the R300 support matured a fair amount, but the first one to the Gallium3D video decoding party was Nouveau. Worked on several years ago as part of the Google Summer of Code was Nouveau Gallium3D video coding. Fortunately, some of this work has been resurrected.
30 July 2011 - Working - 1 Comment

Hip Hip Hurrah, Nouveau Frees Up The Fermi Microcode

Within the Nouveau kernel module there's been reverse-engineered kernel mode-setting support for NVIDIA's Fermi GPUs (the GeForce 400/500 series) since last summer. Earlier this year, Nouveau Fermi acceleration support was added with the necessary kernel DRM bits, to the Nouveau X.Org driver for EXA/X-Video acceleration, and a respective Gallium3D Mesa driver.
25 May 2011 - Fermi Hoorah - 10 Comments

Patches For Better Re-Clocking In Nouveau

While the Nouveau driver developers have a huge disadvantage compared to the open-source Intel and AMD Radeon Linux drivers in that they need to reverse-engineer NVIDIA's binary driver at the same time as writing the open-source code and they have no form of support at all from NVIDIA Corp, their efforts can be applauded. They've been quick to bring up support for new hardware, including Gallium3D support for Fermi already, but one area where the Nouveau driver has been slow to mature is with power management and safe re-clocking support. Fortunately, that may finally be changing.
28 April 2011 - Safer, More Stable? - 4 Comments

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