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" Heck, any sort of working user-level GUI for configuring monitors would be nice. Their current tools do not even remember their settings between sessions, so they are essentially useless without editing your xorg.conf file, which requires root privileges and most Linux distros nowadays don't even use xorg.conf.
nvidia-settings ?load-config-only &
to your ~/.xinitrc file, or in ~/.kderc (KDE) or in ~/.gnomerc, etc?
How about optimus support? Many, if not most, upcoming laptops ship with graphics cards that cannot be used under Linux because they rely on optimus, while Nvidia has said they have no plans to support optimus under Linux.
Licensing clash, doubt you will ever see it.
How about kernel mode setting?
Or anything else needed to get wayland working.
Doable but not a high priority until wayland starts proving itself that it will be the replacement for X.
On the software side a lot of work is going into getting ready for it, but Nvidia seems to be totally ignoring it.
Don't be so sure about that. Nvidia doesn't typically announce anything until they have a solution ready for the public. They "didn't have any plans" for accelerated video decode for example and then "Bam!" there was vdpau.
Support for optimus and profiles for games would be great.
I seriously doubt nVidia is going to release an open source driver anytime soon. If they are going to release an open driver in the very distant future, the best way to do this would be to open source their stable branch of their drivers. In order to do this they would probably need to strip this driver from any support for future products, and then add it when the new products arrive.
is usually enough for some settings (no "&" needed, it terminates directly). But not every setting is stored in ~/.nvidia-settings-rc - if you need other options then you need to use the direct commands. For special Twinview settings those are stored in xorg.conf in order to get active, that's not really optimal. Even fglrx is more flexible there.
You know, if it to be AMD to announce this job offer (ie: we're looking for guys to develop binary blobs), Q wouldn't make fantastic statements like this. It would all be justified for him.
But it is not. AMD gives way to linux developers while nvidia employs them and you know why? They are successful in linux workstations, handheld linux devices, scientific visualization etc. and amd is not.
AMD does more for Open Source and linux than Nvidia. It's not even close.
It's not just the graphics stuff, also CPUs, chipset stuff, etc.
If they are going to release an open driver in the very distant future, the best way to do this would be to open source their stable branch of their drivers.
I don't think that this would be a good idea, for several reasons:
- 3rd party code
- patented software
- it would be an island separate from everything else in Linux land like it is now. Much of the nouveau core is well designed and efficient, it's just missing the countless optimisations across the board. A HUGE driver which reimplements all of Mesa, most of X, and the entire linux kernel would be impossible for most OSS hackers to understand, let alone improve on.
The best way would be to support nouveau with documentation (most important) and developers.
The nvidia driver is millions of lines of code, much of it dirty hacks made for specific games.
Releasing that would likely not be very useful. The AMD OSS developers have access to the Catalyst code (which is similar in terms of complexity and performance), and I don't think that any of it gets used directly.
It's simply too complicated. Documentation and support are more important.