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  • #51
    Originally posted by evasb View Post
    Is this really a big deal? I don't see how this barebones release is a something more than a kernelspace glue for their userspace blob.
    Look at the Open Pandora handheld.

    They chose the OMAP3 SoC because, with the closed-source parts of the GPU driver being entirely in userland, they can keep upgrading the kernel without updates from the vendor to keep the GPU driver in sync.

    nVidia's GPL condom was only good until they decided to refactor a relevant piece of the kernel's internals for more efficiency and the binary-only portion of the kernel module no longer lined up with things.


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    • #52
      I just bought my first AMD gpu in ~20 years of owning a computer last week
      I guess it will be a while before this driver is actually any good.

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      • #53
        Originally posted by ryao View Post
        The kernel guys are fine with a closed source user space, provided that the kernel module is not a shim for stuffing proprietary software into the kernel.
        Different Kernel subsystems have different requirements, and the drivers/gpu subsystem specifically requires fully open source userspace, including compiler.
        Last edited by Vermilion; 11 May 2022, 06:31 PM.

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        • #54
          Wow, how so much people get excited like dogs by Nvidia trowing bones to them. Wake me up when the entire thing is in the same level of openness as AMD and Intel.

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          • #55
            Tomorrow's headline:

            Nvidia open source driver writer leaves, leaving the open source driver without a maintainer. Paragon Software has offered to pick up the support.

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            • #56
              Originally posted by fwyzard View Post
              The use of the open source kernel driver is

              So... we move from an open source "shim" around a binary blob running on the main CPU, to and open source "driver" requiring a binary blob running on a separate CPU.

              Is it really such a big improvement ?
              That's the state of affairs with pretty much all hardware.

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              • #57
                Originally posted by Dovi View Post
                Holy molly, this is definitely The Year of Linux™!
                Not yet, this will take 5-7 years to mature, just like AMD's stack.

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                • #58
                  Thank you, hackers!

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                  • #59
                    Why you people are happy so much? Given how nvidia *ucks you at all angles, you still want more?
                    They were open source hostile. And now they are open, but for the server space first. And frankly any big super computer project, probably had access to their source code drivers from long time ago.
                    They were selling cards directly to miners, and lying they don't.
                    They invent their proprietary stuff, just to vendor lock-in. CUDA, VDPAU, etc.

                    AMD are just better, in any way. Not to mention they just start beating nvidia on raw performance arena too.

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                    • #60
                      Amen!

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