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  • Open-Source NVIDIA "Nouveau" Driver Sees Few Changes For Linux 5.2

    Phoronix: Open-Source NVIDIA "Nouveau" Driver Sees Few Changes For Linux 5.2

    Nouveau DRM maintainer Ben Skeggs at Red Hat has sent in the changes targeting the upcoming Linux 5.2 kernel...

    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...ouveau-Changes

  • #2
    6 years behind the ball. Locking firmware and drivers is a real kick to the head. Navi can't come soon enough.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by ThoreauHD View Post
      6 years behind the ball. Locking firmware and drivers is a real kick to the head. Navi can't come soon enough.
      What's the problem with proprietary drivers? NVIDIA driver works pretty well and BTW, even AMD's open source driver require a non-free signed firmware binary blob to properly work with modern GPUs

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Stefem View Post
        What's the problem with proprietary drivers?
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ag1AKIl_2GM

        Also, when I used NVIDIA it broke every other day because of DKMS/kernel changes/Xorg changes/farts in the wind.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by fuzz View Post

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ag1AKIl_2GM

          Also, when I used NVIDIA it broke every other day because of DKMS/kernel changes/Xorg changes/farts in the wind.
          Not that it's that hard to manually install the NVIDIA driver but if typing few commands scare you I remind that they support DKMS which will handle the recompiling for you with each kernel update and that many distros have repository that contain the NVIDIA driver.

          Also, nice video, I bet Stallman would be proud of those non-free binary blob firmware required by AMD...

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Stefem View Post
            Not that it's that hard to manually install the NVIDIA driver but if typing few commands scare you I remind that they support DKMS which will handle the recompiling for you with each kernel update and that many distros have repository that contain the NVIDIA driver.

            Also, nice video, I bet Stallman would be proud of those non-free binary blob firmware required by AMD...
            Manually installing shit or using DKMS doesn't matter when the driver 100% breaks with kernel or xorg version changes. But I guess you ignored what I said.

            I also didn't mention AMD once in my post.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by fuzz View Post
              Manually installing shit or using DKMS doesn't matter when the driver 100% breaks with kernel or xorg version changes. But I guess you ignored what I said.
              I have been running Nvidias proprietary driver for many years with counting a single breakage (some new hardening feature that needed disabling, nouveau had the same issue AFAIR), compatibility with new xorgs is added very quickly. Just because you repeat your lines doesnt make it more true.

              Now I got an AMD card (hoped it would help with wayland & multimonitor), guess what: it does boot faster but is not running stable in games, or providing any other upside. Using the proprietary driver would require going back to a really old kernel. Hello again dualboot =(

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              • #8
                Originally posted by discordian View Post
                I have been running Nvidias proprietary driver for many years with counting a single breakage (some new hardening feature that needed disabling, nouveau had the same issue AFAIR), compatibility with new xorgs is added very quickly. Just because you repeat your lines doesnt make it more true.
                All this means is you didn't change to new xorg versions or kernels often. Doesn't invalidate facts and suddenly turn what I said into an opinion.

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