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  • deanjo
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    Originally posted by Qaridarium
    end of 2007 amd-buy-ati and have a plan for making a opensource-driver.

    i switch from Nvidia to an amd grafic card in 2007!


    if free people, if we wana peace, software peace of Freedome, Nvidia must DIE!



    Die Nvidia i hope you DIE!!!!
    So you hope ATI gets a monopoly. That's real smart isn't it. But saying peace and freedom comes from the extermination of others is not a new concept to your country is it?

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  • Remco
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    I think they will just stop any opensource effort. NVIDIA only cares about their proprietary driver. The opensource driver is only there so that Linux boxes with NVIDIA hardware will at least get to the login prompt. When Nouveau does that (and more), there's no need to waste resources.

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  • Silverthorn
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    Originally posted by King InuYasha View Post
    nVidia would have to be quite stupid to do that. A lot of their biggest customers use nVidia graphics chips with Linux to do advanced 3D rendering.

    I think it's more likely to be this:


    However, I would like to see them actually commit support for nouveau and actually help them along. I'm now the unfortunate owner of an nVidia card, and I have a vested interest in seeing nouveau get more complete support.
    I wasn't really being serious when I wrote that.

    I would be great if they stated to support the nouveau driver. That would result in more people being able to (and motivated to) develop on the gallium3d state trackers.

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  • King InuYasha
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    Originally posted by Silverthorn View Post
    They'll stop supporting Linux altogether.

    nVidia would have to be quite stupid to do that. A lot of their biggest customers use nVidia graphics chips with Linux to do advanced 3D rendering.

    I think it's more likely to be this:
    Originally posted by Phoronix
    NVIDIA continues adding basic mode-setting support for new GPUs to this driver knowing that it is not widely being used, but that the Nouveau developers will likely look over this code for possible information in supporting new ASICs under their driver (although most of the Nouveau driver is developed through clean-room reverse engineering of the NVIDIA binary driver). This is the approach NVIDIA would use if they wish to not be associated at all with the Nouveau project.
    However, I would like to see them actually commit support for nouveau and actually help them along. I'm now the unfortunate owner of an nVidia card, and I have a vested interest in seeing nouveau get more complete support.

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  • damentz
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    Remember, they said they would like something functioning that would require the least amount of maintenance going forward.

    If contributing to nouveau requires extra development time over nv, then they will most likely continue updating nv and ignore what nouveau does, even if nv is no longer packaged with modern distributions anymore.

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  • Silverthorn
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    Share with us what you think NVIDIA will end up doing in this situation.
    They'll stop supporting Linux altogether.



    Add: On a more serious note, I guess they'll continue to support their stripped version until most people and companies has moved on to 2.6.33.
    Last edited by Silverthorn; 12-11-2009, 06:53 PM.

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  • phoronix
    started a topic What Will Happen To xf86-video-nv In 2010?

    What Will Happen To xf86-video-nv In 2010?

    Phoronix: What Will Happen To xf86-video-nv In 2010?

    Thanks to the surprise push this morning of the Nouveau driver for the Linux 2.6.33 kernel, this free software, reverse-engineered NVIDIA driver stack is on its way to being used in a lot more Linux systems and distributions. The xf86-video-nouveau X.Org driver will still need to have a release in the coming months, but in 2010 it looks like this driver stack will be working its way into many more Linux distributions...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=Nzc5OA
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