Nouveau

Nouveau is the open-source NVIDIA graphics driver that has been in development for years as a community-based, reverse-engineered implementation of NVIDIA's closed-source Linux graphics driver. NVIDIA took a neutral stance on Nouveau until 2013 when it began supporting the project with limited code and documentation beginning to appear. Nouveau consists of an open-source kernel DRM driver, Gallium3D drivers, and xf86-video-nouveau DDX.

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Nouveau Articles & Reviews

Mesa 13.0 vs. 17.0 Performance For RADV/RadeonSI: Big...   Display Drivers   09 Feb 2017
Nouveau Maxwell: Mesa 17.0 + Linux 4.10 vs. NVIDIA's...   Display Drivers   22 Jan 2017
Mesa Git Delivering Faster Intel Vulkan Performance,...   Display Drivers   16 Jan 2017
A Look At The Huge Performance Boosts With Nouveau...   Display Drivers   15 Jan 2017
AMD & NVIDIA: Open vs. Closed-Source Driver...   Display Drivers   09 Jan 2017
Open-Source Nouveau Linux 4.10 + NvBoost vs. NVIDIA...   Display Drivers   07 Jan 2017
Testing Nouveau's Open-Source NVIDIA Support On Linux...   Display Drivers   05 Jan 2017
Radeon vs. Nouveau Open-Source Drivers On Mesa Git +...   Graphics Cards   21 Oct 2016
Nouveau Linux 4.8 + Mesa 12.1-dev vs. NVIDIA OpenGL...   Display Drivers   14 Oct 2016
Nouveau Open-Source NVIDIA Tests On Linux 4.8, Mesa...   Display Drivers   23 Aug 2016
Nouveau With Boost Patches Are Now Competitive To...   Display Drivers   20 Apr 2016
Nouveau "Boost" Patches Show Much...   Display Drivers   16 Apr 2016
Nouveau Kepler On Linux 4.6 vs. NVIDIA's 364...   Display Drivers   04 Apr 2016
Nouveau Kepler vs. Maxwell Performance On Linux 4.6 +...   Display Drivers   30 Mar 2016
The NVIDIA GTX 900 Series Performance On The...   Display Drivers   28 Mar 2016
Radeon vs. Nouveau Gallium3D Driver Performance On...   Display Drivers   13 Feb 2016
Nouveau Linux 4.5 vs. NVIDIA OpenGL Performance:...   Display Drivers   10 Feb 2016
The Open-Source NVIDIA Linux Driver Continued Evolving...   Display Drivers   28 Dec 2015
NVIDIA vs. Nouveau Linux Driver Performance With Extra...   Display Drivers   22 Dec 2015
Radeon DRM Linux 4.4 + Mesa 11.1 + DRI3 vs. AMD's...   Display Drivers   29 Nov 2015
AMDGPU With PowerPlay Compared To AMD's Catalyst Linux...   Display Drivers   27 Nov 2015
How Nouveau Compares To NVIDIA's Linux Driver When...   Display Drivers   27 Nov 2015
Early Radeon vs. Nouveau OpenGL Tests On Linux 4.4   Display Drivers   23 Nov 2015
Nouveau Kepler Re-Clocking Is Working A Lot Better On...   Display Drivers   20 Nov 2015
The Graphics Cards On Open-Source Linux Drivers With...   Graphics Cards   15 Sep 2015
Trying Out The Open-Source NVIDIA/Nouveau Driver...   Display Drivers   10 Sep 2015
Open-Source Mesa Drivers Now Supporting OpenGL 4.0+   Display Drivers   23 Jul 2015
NVIDIA's 352 Linux Driver Against Linux 4.1 With...   Display Drivers   11 Jul 2015
GeForce GTX 750 Series: Nouveau vs. NVIDIA Linux...   Display Drivers   04 May 2015
Open-Source NVIDIA/Nouveau Tests On Linux 3.19   Display Drivers   12 Jan 2015
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970/980: Windows vs. Ubuntu Linux...   Display Drivers   08 Jan 2015
NVIDIA Linux Driver Continues Running Strong Against...   Display Drivers   05 Jan 2015
Nouveau vs. NVIDIA GeForce Linux Performance At The...   Display Drivers   30 Dec 2014
NVIDIA vs. Nouveau Drivers With Linux 3.18 + Mesa...   Display Drivers   21 Nov 2014
Is The Open-Source NVIDIA Driver Fast Enough For Steam...   Display Drivers   19 Nov 2014
NVIDIA vs. Nouveau Drivers On Ubuntu 14.10   Display Drivers   27 Oct 2014
How Intel Graphics On Linux Compare To Open-Source...   Linux Gaming   31 Aug 2014
The Fastest NVIDIA GPUs For Open-Source Nouveau With...   Linux Gaming   30 Aug 2014
20-Way Radeon Comparison With Open-Source Graphics For...   Linux Gaming   27 Aug 2014
Radeon Gallium3D Is Running Increasingly Well Against...   Display Drivers   05 Aug 2014
Even With Re-Clocking, Nouveau Remains Behind NVIDIA's...   Display Drivers   28 Jul 2014
The Power Consumption & Efficiency Of Open-Source...   Display Drivers   26 Jul 2014
Nouveau vs. Radeon vs. Intel Tests On Linux 3.16, Mesa...   Display Drivers   25 Jul 2014
Intel Haswell HD Graphics Benchmarks With Linux 3.16   Software   27 Jun 2014
Open-Source Radeon Performance Boosted By Linux 3.16   Display Drivers   23 Jun 2014
Nouveau Re-Clocking Is Way Faster, Shows Much Progress...   Display Drivers   20 Jun 2014
Open-Source Radeon Takes On AMD Catalyst In 2D...   Display Drivers   17 Jun 2014
Trying Out Nouveau GPU Re-Clocking On Linux 3.16   Display Drivers   16 Jun 2014
Linux 2D Performance: Nouveau vs. NVIDIA   Display Drivers   14 Jun 2014
35-Way NVIDIA/AMD Proprietary Linux Graphics Driver...   Graphics Cards   12 Jun 2014
The Performance-Per-Watt, Efficiency Of GPUs On...   Graphics Cards   05 Jun 2014
Until Re-Clocking Is Figured Out, Nouveau Remains Very...   Display Drivers   18 May 2014
Catalyst 14.4 Has Advantages Over Linux 3.15 + Mesa...   Display Drivers   16 May 2014
Intel vs. Radeon vs. Nouveau On Linux 3.15 + Mesa...   Display Drivers   14 May 2014
Intel HD Graphics On Linux 3.15 Brings Few Changes   Display Drivers   04 May 2014
Nouveau Graphics On Linux 3.15   Display Drivers   03 May 2014
20-Way Intel/AMD/NVIDIA GPU Comparison With Ubuntu...   Display Drivers   07 Apr 2014
NVIDIA Fermi/Kepler GPUs Are The Best Bet For Ubuntu...   Display Drivers   06 Apr 2014
NVIDIA GeForce 700 Series: Stick To The Binary Linux...   Display Drivers   21 Mar 2014
Intel, Radeon, Nouveau Preview On Linux 3.14 With Mesa...   Display Drivers   20 Mar 2014
Nouveau Drags Behind Intel & Radeon For Linux 2D...   Display Drivers   18 Mar 2014
Mesa 10.1 Released With Many Open-Source Driver...   Display Drivers   05 Mar 2014
11-Way Low-End & Older Open-Source GPU Linux...   Display Drivers   26 Feb 2014
Open-Source NVIDIA Driver Is Still Sour For Some GPUs   Display Drivers   24 Jan 2014
27-Way NVIDIA & AMD Graphics Card Benchmarks On...   Graphics Cards   02 Dec 2013
9-Way NVIDIA GeForce Linux OpenCL GPU Benchmarks   Graphics Cards   29 Nov 2013
Open-Source NVIDIA Driver Works On Some GeForce 700...   Display Drivers   27 Nov 2013
Nouveau vs. NVIDIA Linux vs. NVIDIA Windows 8.1   Display Drivers   31 Oct 2013
Open-Source Nouveau Driver Remains Slow For NVIDIA's...   Display Drivers   29 Oct 2013
Linux 3.12 Can Change AMD's Catalyst Performance   Display Drivers   16 Oct 2013
Nouveau Performance Is Faster With Linux 3.12   Software   15 Oct 2013
4-Way Nouveau Benchmarks On Linux 3.12, Mesa 9.3   Display Drivers   26 Sep 2013
Nouveau Benchmarks Lack Change On Mesa 9.2   Display Drivers   06 Aug 2013
AMD Gallium3D & Catalyst Drivers Compete Against...   Display Drivers   02 Aug 2013
NVIDIA's Linux Driver On Ubuntu Is Very Competitive...   Graphics Cards   30 Jul 2013
NVIDIA Mobile: Nouveau vs. The Linux Binary Driver   Display Drivers   07 Jul 2013
Unity On XMir Performance For Nouveau Gallium3D   Software   30 Jun 2013
15-Way Open vs. Closed Source NVIDIA/AMD Linux GPU...   Graphics Cards   29 Apr 2013
Nouveau vs. NVIDIA Linux Comparison Shows Shortcomings   Display Drivers   23 Apr 2013
Mesa 9.2 Brings Better Performance To Intel Ivy Bridge   Display Drivers   13 Apr 2013
Early Ubuntu 13.04 Benchmarks On The Intel Atom   Operating Systems   20 Jan 2013
ION: Nouveau Competes With The NVIDIA R310 Driver   Display Drivers   18 Jan 2013
Five-Way NVIDIA GeForce Comparison On Nouveau   Display Drivers   11 Jan 2013
NVIDIA GeForce 600 "Kepler" On Open-Source:...   Display Drivers   08 Jan 2013
Nouveau Driver Remains Much Slower Than NVIDIA's...   Display Drivers   04 Jan 2013
Early Benchmark Preview Of The Linux 3.8 Kernel   Software   03 Jan 2013
Nouveau NVIDIA Driver Can Be Faster With Linux 3.8   Display Drivers   02 Jan 2013
Checking In On Nouveau Gallium3D For Mesa 9.1   Display Drivers   29 Dec 2012
Ubuntu 13.04 Desktop Comparison: 6 Desktops, 5...   Software   13 Dec 2012
8-Way NVIDIA Nouveau GPU Comparison   Graphics Cards   29 Nov 2012
Clock-For-Clock, Nouveau Can Compete With NVIDIA's...   Display Drivers   06 Nov 2012
Nouveau Re-Clocking, NVIDIA vs. Nouveau Drivers   Display Drivers   08 Oct 2012
Unity 6.8 Doesn't Change Much For Performance   Operating Systems   07 Oct 2012
Trying Out The Nouveau Driver Rewrite   Display Drivers   06 Oct 2012
LLVMpipe On Mesa 8.1 Performance   Display Drivers   07 Aug 2012
Intel Ivy Bridge Performance Drops In Mesa 8.1   Display Drivers   30 Jul 2012
R300 Gallium3D Driver In Mixed State For Mesa 8.1   Display Drivers   27 Jul 2012
Mesa 8.1 Will Offer Some Speed Improvements For...   Display Drivers   25 Jul 2012
AMD Radeon R600g Gallium3D: Mesa 8.0.4 vs. 8.1 Git   Display Drivers   18 Jul 2012
Nouveau Driver Still Tries To Compete With NVIDIA   Display Drivers   18 Jun 2012

Nouveau Linux News

NV_fill_rectangle Coming To Gallium3D/Nouveau   Nouveau   25 Mar 2017
Qt 5.9 Beta Snapshot Released, Boasts Shader Binary...   Qt   23 Mar 2017
Nouveau TGSI Shader Cache Enabled In Mesa 17.1 Git   Mesa   23 Mar 2017
Feral Now Formally Providing Free Linux Games To Mesa...   Linux Gaming   22 Mar 2017
Mesa 17.0.2 Released Along WIth Mesa 13.0.6   Mesa   20 Mar 2017
Mesa 17.0.2 Release Candidate Queues 40+ Changes   Mesa   17 Mar 2017
Heterogeneous Memory Management Is Still Planning For...   Linux Kernel   17 Mar 2017
Mesa 13.0.6 Is Being Prepared For Release With Many...   Mesa   15 Mar 2017
NetBSD 7.1 Released, Brings Initial Nouveau DRM &...   BSD   15 Mar 2017
Nouveau Patch For Enabling The GLSL/TGSI On-Disk...   Mesa   11 Mar 2017
Nouveau's GTX 1000 Acceleration Support Queued In...   Nouveau   08 Mar 2017
Nouveau 1.0.14 Released With GM10x/GM20x Accelerated...   Nouveau   07 Mar 2017
Intel Sends First Batch Of Changes To DRM-Next For...   Intel   07 Mar 2017
NVIDIA Signed Firmware Published For Pascal...   Nouveau   02 Mar 2017
Mesa 17.0.1 Is Near, Release Candidate Is Out   Mesa   01 Mar 2017
Initial Open-Source Accelerated Support Comes To...   Nouveau   01 Mar 2017
Ryzen, Linux 4.11, Windows 10 & Kabylake Were...   Phoronix   01 Mar 2017
X.Org Has Been Accepted For The 2017 Google Summer of...   X.Org   28 Feb 2017
NetBSD 7.1 RC2 Released   BSD   26 Feb 2017
Experimental Patches Revised For AMDGPU HDMI Stereo...   Radeon   25 Feb 2017
Trying Nouveau With HITMAN On Linux Doesn't Get Too...   Nouveau   24 Feb 2017
DRM Updates Submitted For Linux 4.11, Torvalds...   Linux Kernel   23 Feb 2017
Heterogeneous Memory Management Isn't Ready For Linux...   Linux Kernel   23 Feb 2017
Radeon R9 Fury X Gets LED Support With AMDGPU   Radeon   23 Feb 2017
Looking Ahead To The Linux 4.11 Kernel   Linux Kernel   19 Feb 2017
Ten Features You Will Not Find In The Mainline Linux...   Linux Kernel   18 Feb 2017
Nouveau Changes Prepped For Linux 4.11 Kernel   Nouveau   17 Feb 2017
QXL DRM Driver Picks Up Atomic Mode-Setting Support   X.Org   16 Feb 2017
Mesa 17.0.0 Officially Released   Mesa   13 Feb 2017
Ten Exciting Features Of The Linux 4.10 Kernel   Linux Kernel   12 Feb 2017
Intel's Linux Graphics Driver To Enable Atomic Support...   Intel   12 Feb 2017
Nouveau: Mesa 13.0 vs. 17.0 vs. 17.1-devel OpenGL...   Nouveau   11 Feb 2017
Trying Nouveau NVC0 Gallium3D With Civilization 6 On...   Nouveau   10 Feb 2017
Mesa RFC Changes To Help Worms WMD, Tropico 5 &...   Mesa   10 Feb 2017
TGSI On-Disk Shader Cache For Mesa: Caching Comes To...   Mesa   07 Feb 2017
Intel's Open-Source Driver Stack Now OpenGL 4.5...   Intel   06 Feb 2017
INT64 Support Comes To Nouveau's Gallium3D Driver   Nouveau   06 Feb 2017
Kabylake, GCC 7, Binary Blobs, Vulkan & Other...   Phoronix   31 Jan 2017
Nouveau Patches Begin Lining Up For Linux 4.11 Kernel   Nouveau   31 Jan 2017
AMDGPU Winsys Gets Minor Optimization From Pitoiset   Mesa   30 Jan 2017
Mesa 17.0-RC2 Released, Final Coming Next Month   Mesa   25 Jan 2017
Khronos Open-Sources OpenGL / OpenGL ES Conformance...   Standards   24 Jan 2017
Mesa's Libdrm Gets USB DRM/KMS Device Detection   Mesa   20 Jan 2017
Mesa 17.0 Saw Less Code Changes Than Earlier Releases,...   Mesa   20 Jan 2017
Mesa 17.0-RC1 Released   Mesa   19 Jan 2017
Experimental HDMI Stereo 3D Support For AMDGPU   Radeon   19 Jan 2017
Mesa 17.0 Has Been Branched   Mesa   19 Jan 2017
Nouveau Gets Patches For HDMI Stereoscopic 3D Output   Nouveau   18 Jan 2017
RadeonSI Nearly Clearing The OpenGL 4.5 Conformance...   Mesa   16 Jan 2017
A Look At The Long TODO List Of Nouveau: Reclocking,...   Nouveau   16 Jan 2017
Linux 4.10-rc4 Kernel Released   Linux Kernel   15 Jan 2017
Tegra/Nouveau Render-Only Gallium3D Support   Mesa   13 Jan 2017
Heterogeneous Memory Management Aims For Linux 4.11   Linux Kernel   12 Jan 2017
OpenGL 4.3 Lands For Maxwell With Nouveau Gallium3D,...   Mesa   12 Jan 2017
RadeonSI Gamers: What Linux Games Still Don't Work For...   Valve   09 Jan 2017
It's Official: Mesa 13.1 is Now Mesa 17.0   Mesa   09 Jan 2017
The POWER8 Libre System Looks Set To Fail, Now There's...   AMD   09 Jan 2017
NetBSD 7.1 RC1 Released   BSD   09 Jan 2017
Heterogeneous Memory Management v15 For The Linux...   Linux Kernel   06 Jan 2017
OpenGL vs. Vulkan For Older NVIDIA Kepler GPUs (Early...   Vulkan   05 Jan 2017
Mesa 13.0.3 Has A Big Serving Of i965 & RadeonSI...   Mesa   05 Jan 2017
A Look Back At Some Of The Best Features Added To The...   Linux Kernel   01 Jan 2017
The Open-Source / Linux Letdowns Of 2016   Free Software   01 Jan 2017
Intel's Clear Linux Is Working On Steam Support   Valve   31 Dec 2016
Linux 4.10-rc1 Kernel Released As A Christmas Present...   Linux Kernel   25 Dec 2016
Former Nouveau GSoC Developer Now Working For Valve On...   Valve   23 Dec 2016
A Green & Open Christmas: GL 4.3 For...   Nouveau   23 Dec 2016
The New Linux 4.10 Kernel Features So Far: AMD Zen,...   Linux Kernel   16 Dec 2016
The DRM Driver Updates For Linux 4.10: Intel GVT,...   Linux Kernel   13 Dec 2016
Atomic Mode-Setting Updated For Wayland's Weston   Wayland   10 Dec 2016
Nouveau Queues Up Last Minute Updates For Linux 4.10   Nouveau   06 Dec 2016
NVIDIA Posts Initial Signed PMU Firmware Support...   Nouveau   21 Nov 2016
GTX 1060 vs. RX 480 - The ~$200 GPU Decision For Linux...   Hardware   19 Nov 2016
New Heterogeneous Memory Management For Linux, Will Be...   Linux Kernel   19 Nov 2016
When Trying Out Tumbleweed, It's Easy To See Why...   SUSE   18 Nov 2016
Freedreno Encouraging Users To Switch To Modesetting...   X.Org   16 Nov 2016
Atomic Mode-Setting For Wayland's Weston Has Been...   Wayland   16 Nov 2016
Looking Forward To The Linux 4.10 Kernel   Linux Kernel   16 Nov 2016
Talk Of An ARM Vendor Open-Sourcing Their 3D Driver?   Hardware   14 Nov 2016
X.Org Foundation Moving Ahead With Becoming A Khronos...   Mesa   14 Nov 2016
Ilia Mirkin Takes To Hacking On SWR Gallium3D, Fixes...   Mesa   14 Nov 2016
Mesa 12.0.4 Released With Dozens Of Fixes   Mesa   10 Nov 2016
Nouveau Exposes Performance Counters For Maxwell   Nouveau   10 Nov 2016
Initial NVIDIA GP102 Support In Nouveau DRM   Nouveau   08 Nov 2016
Nouveau Atomic + DP MST Support Already Staged For...   Nouveau   07 Nov 2016
Nouveau Needs Help Testing Their New Atomic...   Nouveau   06 Nov 2016
Nouveau DRM Driver Progressing With Atomic...   Nouveau   04 Nov 2016
Many AMDGPU & Other DRM Fixes Queued For Linux 4.9   Linux Kernel   03 Nov 2016
RadeonSI Gallium3D Receives Some OpenGL 4.5...   Radeon   03 Nov 2016
OpenSUSE 42.2 RC2 Released, Disables Nouveau 3D...   SUSE   02 Nov 2016
Fedora 25's Hybrid Graphics Improvements, To Support...   Fedora   01 Nov 2016
Open-Source Radeon, Vulkan & Linux 4.8~4.9 Were...   Phoronix   01 Nov 2016
The Blocker Bugs So Far For Mesa 13.0   Mesa   29 Oct 2016
Initial Nouveau DRM Changes Queued For Linux 4.10   Nouveau   28 Oct 2016
NVIDIA Maxwell Support Patches For The Nouveau X.Org...   Nouveau   27 Oct 2016
Mesa 13.0 RC2 Released With ANV, RADV, Wayland Fixes   Mesa   24 Oct 2016
Features You Will Not Find In The Mesa 13.0 Release   Mesa   22 Oct 2016
Mesa 13.0 Release Candidate 1 Arrives With Intel...   Mesa   19 Oct 2016
Features You Won't Find In The Linux 4.9 Mainline...   Linux Kernel   19 Oct 2016
Khronos, Mesa, Standards & Conformance /...   Standards   15 Oct 2016