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as bridgeman said the devs are that good and it is that hard .... but is hasn't happened that fast it has taken years of hard work and dedication to reverse engineer these cards. I just think that should be said as it hasn't been easy for these guys.
Also r600 is pretty advanced too most stuff seems to be working I haven't tried blood frontier again yet but sauerbraten is working and most everything else works even some games in wine though I have encountered a lot that don't yet
I doubt that nouveau is ahead of/more mature than r300g. Last time I tried r300g it was able to play quake-ish games, including Nexuiz. Performance was ok-ish.
Last I heard the two drivers were about even, the difference is that the r300 driver already mostly works while there is no existing 3d nvidia support. So the bar is a lot higher before the r300g driver can be released.
that's right, my 9600m gs is actually a downclocked 9500 gt, not a 9400.
so i should get reasonable performance. in that screenshot of nexuiz it said 20 fps. that's not bad at all. all of the settings were probably down, but that's still okay.
i guess we'll just see when Phoronix does benches.
Nope, all settings stock except OpenGL 2.0 shaders disabled (I think the driver doesn't support them yet, they make it *very* slow). Didn't tweak anything else. It's playable in a 1v1, might be tricky with more players.
(I don't know how fast it runs with the proprietary driver, for comparison, I don't have it installed).
(the actual nouveau_dri.so driver)
(and just for plain testing)
glxinfo now reports:
client glx vendor string: Mesa Project and SGI
client glx version string: 1.4
GLX version: 1.4
OpenGL vendor string: nouveau
OpenGL renderer string: Gallium 0.4 on NV84
OpenGL version string: 2.1 Mesa 7.8-devel
OpenGL shading language version string: 1.20
and stuff is clearly working (I even turned on Compiz and had the rotating cube for a few minutes), however the system locks up after a while [a few minutes? ie. some time playing around - I got about 2/3 of the way through the mesa-demos before it locked up the first time]. Or rather not the system itself, but just the X server - I can still ssh in over the network, looks like X is burning 100% cpu, can be kill -9'ed, and then acceleration seems to be gone (on the new X server) till reboot.
Tried with both these kernels:
I'm guessing though that it's too early to be reporting bugs of any kind (although I'm willing to debug) and furthermore this mixed fc12-fc13 setup is probably _very_ unsupported.
Not much longer. It's kind of funny though. This really gets us nowhere. But after a few more months of pain then we get to have incredible VM's that are secure with great graphics capability and I can't even imagine what wine is going to turn into. But that is even more waiting. grrrr.