For Those Dealing With Binary Blobs, NVIDIA Continues Owning The Linux Desktop

Written by Michael Larabel in NVIDIA on 30 December 2015 at 08:21 AM EST. 7 Comments
While NVIDIA has a ways to go on the open-source driver side, when it comes to proprietary drivers on Linux the green graphics giant continued to dominate with their high quality proprietary driver that continued adding in new features.

The NVIDIA Linux driver this year continued to keep pace with the latest Linux kernel and X.Org Server releases, continued working towards restructuring on KMS support, improved its EGL support, and is nearly ready to support Wayland/Mir. NVIDIA internally has also been working to prepare their launch-day Vulkan driver for once the specification is out in 2016.

Here's a look at the most popular NVIDIA Linux stories on Phoronix for 2015:

NVIDIA's Proprietary Driver Is Moving Closer With Kernel Mode-Setting
NVIDIA has been working out plans for their graphics driver to support Mir and Wayland. As part of that, besides their recent EGL support, they've been tackling kernel mode-setting.

It's Been Three Years Since Linus Torvalds' Huge NVIDIA Rant
It's been three years since Linus Torvalds did his very public shaming of NVIDIA over their Linux support and called them the worst company he ever dealt with, gave them the finger, etc.

Open-Source Driver Fans Will Love NVIDIA's New OpenGL Demo
Those with a bit of humor will love the demo NVIDIA recently used for showing off their Nouveau-based open-source graphics driver stack on the Tegra K1 SoC.

NVIDIA Starts Supplying Open-Source Hardware Reference Headers
There's another step forward today in NVIDIA's open-source/Linux hardware support! NVIDIA will begin supplying hardware reference headers for the Nouveau DRM driver.

NVIDIA 355 Beta Linux Driver Released, Closer To Supporting Wayland/Mir
NVIDIA this morning released their first public Linux driver beta in the 355.xx series, and it's quite an exciting update!

Details On NVIDIA's Vulkan Driver, Sounds Like It Will Be A Same-Day Release
NVIDIA has shared some details on their Vulkan driver that will be released later in the year.

Does The NVIDIA Driver's OpenGL Image Settings Affect The Performance Much?
The proprietary NVIDIA Linux driver has a slider within its nvidia-settings utility for adjusting the OpenGL image settings, but do those settings have much of an affect on performance?

NVIDIA 358.13 Linux Graphics Driver Released
The NVIDIA 358.13 Linux graphics driver was released today as the latest bug-fix version since the new-feature 358.09 beta driver.

NVIDIA Announces VDPAU 1.0 With HEVC/H.265 Decoding
NVIDIA announced today the release of VDPAU version 1.0 with support for HEVC / H.265 video decoding.

NVIDIA 346.59 Linux Driver Brings Support For New GPUs
If you're not on the NVIDIA 349 Linux beta but rather an older version of NVIDIA's binary Linux driver, today they released the 346.59 bug-fix release as the latest in their long-lived series.
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