NVIDIA Sends Out 11 Nouveau Patches For Christmas
Written by Michael Larabel in Nouveau on 24 December 2014 at 09:09 AM EST. 21 Comments
A NVIDIA engineer has sent out eleven new patches for the open-source Nouveau graphics driver just in time for Christmas.

As usual, NVIDIA's actions to support the Nouveau driver are in large part centered around improving the mobile support for Nouveau with the latest-generation Tegra K1 graphics. NVIDIA for months has been working to improve the "GKA20A" graphics processor found with the Tegra K1 SoC inside the Nouveau DRM driver while still supporting these latest ARM graphics via their unified proprietary driver.

The latest patches for Nouveau add suspend and resume support in Nouveau for the GK20A. The eleven patches address the power on/off sequences for the GK20A and add the necessary suspend and resume support.

These latest patches were done by NVIDIA's Vince Hsu and for now are floating on the Nouveau mailing list. In total these NVIDIA contributed patches this week introduce over 200 lines of new code to the Nouveau kernel driver. Assuming this suspend and resume for the GK20A gets into shape in the weeks ahead, this could be a new feature of the Linux 3.20 kernel.
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