Nouveau

Nouveau is the open-source NVIDIA graphics driver that has been in development for years as a community-based, reverse-engineered implementation of NVIDIA's closed-source Linux graphics driver. NVIDIA took a neutral stance on Nouveau until 2013 when it began supporting the project with limited code and documentation beginning to appear. Nouveau consists of an open-source kernel DRM driver, Gallium3D drivers, and xf86-video-nouveau DDX.

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Nouveau Articles & Reviews

The NVIDIA vs. Open-Source Nouveau Linux Driver...   Display Drivers   14 Jun 2018
Clear Linux Now Offers Radeon Mesa Graphics Support,...   Operating Systems   02 Jun 2018
Nouveau Linux 4.14 + Mesa 17.4-dev vs. NVIDIA   Display Drivers   05 Nov 2017
Nouveau Re-Clocked With DRM-Next Linux 4.12 + Mesa...   Display Drivers   27 Apr 2017
Trying Out Nouveau's Accelerated Pascal Support With...   Display Drivers   25 Apr 2017
Mesa 13.0 vs. 17.0 Performance For RADV/RadeonSI: Big...   Display Drivers   09 Feb 2017
Nouveau Maxwell: Mesa 17.0 + Linux 4.10 vs. NVIDIA's...   Display Drivers   22 Jan 2017
Mesa Git Delivering Faster Intel Vulkan Performance,...   Display Drivers   16 Jan 2017
A Look At The Huge Performance Boosts With Nouveau...   Display Drivers   15 Jan 2017
AMD & NVIDIA: Open vs. Closed-Source Driver...   Display Drivers   09 Jan 2017
Open-Source Nouveau Linux 4.10 + NvBoost vs. NVIDIA...   Display Drivers   07 Jan 2017
Testing Nouveau's Open-Source NVIDIA Support On Linux...   Display Drivers   05 Jan 2017
Radeon vs. Nouveau Open-Source Drivers On Mesa Git +...   Graphics Cards   21 Oct 2016
Nouveau Linux 4.8 + Mesa 12.1-dev vs. NVIDIA OpenGL...   Display Drivers   14 Oct 2016
Nouveau Open-Source NVIDIA Tests On Linux 4.8, Mesa...   Display Drivers   23 Aug 2016
Nouveau With Boost Patches Are Now Competitive To...   Display Drivers   20 Apr 2016
Nouveau "Boost" Patches Show Much...   Display Drivers   16 Apr 2016
Nouveau Kepler On Linux 4.6 vs. NVIDIA's 364...   Display Drivers   04 Apr 2016
Nouveau Kepler vs. Maxwell Performance On Linux 4.6 +...   Display Drivers   30 Mar 2016
The NVIDIA GTX 900 Series Performance On The...   Display Drivers   28 Mar 2016
Radeon vs. Nouveau Gallium3D Driver Performance On...   Display Drivers   13 Feb 2016
Nouveau Linux 4.5 vs. NVIDIA OpenGL Performance:...   Display Drivers   10 Feb 2016
The Open-Source NVIDIA Linux Driver Continued Evolving...   Display Drivers   28 Dec 2015
NVIDIA vs. Nouveau Linux Driver Performance With Extra...   Display Drivers   22 Dec 2015
Radeon DRM Linux 4.4 + Mesa 11.1 + DRI3 vs. AMD's...   Display Drivers   29 Nov 2015
AMDGPU With PowerPlay Compared To AMD's Catalyst Linux...   Display Drivers   27 Nov 2015
How Nouveau Compares To NVIDIA's Linux Driver When...   Display Drivers   27 Nov 2015
Early Radeon vs. Nouveau OpenGL Tests On Linux 4.4   Display Drivers   23 Nov 2015
Nouveau Kepler Re-Clocking Is Working A Lot Better On...   Display Drivers   20 Nov 2015
The Graphics Cards On Open-Source Linux Drivers With...   Graphics Cards   15 Sep 2015
Trying Out The Open-Source NVIDIA/Nouveau Driver...   Display Drivers   10 Sep 2015
Open-Source Mesa Drivers Now Supporting OpenGL 4.0+   Display Drivers   23 Jul 2015
NVIDIA's 352 Linux Driver Against Linux 4.1 With...   Display Drivers   11 Jul 2015
GeForce GTX 750 Series: Nouveau vs. NVIDIA Linux...   Display Drivers   04 May 2015
Open-Source NVIDIA/Nouveau Tests On Linux 3.19   Display Drivers   12 Jan 2015
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970/980: Windows vs. Ubuntu Linux...   Display Drivers   08 Jan 2015
NVIDIA Linux Driver Continues Running Strong Against...   Display Drivers   05 Jan 2015
Nouveau vs. NVIDIA GeForce Linux Performance At The...   Display Drivers   30 Dec 2014
NVIDIA vs. Nouveau Drivers With Linux 3.18 + Mesa...   Display Drivers   21 Nov 2014
Is The Open-Source NVIDIA Driver Fast Enough For Steam...   Display Drivers   19 Nov 2014
NVIDIA vs. Nouveau Drivers On Ubuntu 14.10   Display Drivers   27 Oct 2014
How Intel Graphics On Linux Compare To Open-Source...   Linux Gaming   31 Aug 2014
The Fastest NVIDIA GPUs For Open-Source Nouveau With...   Linux Gaming   30 Aug 2014
20-Way Radeon Comparison With Open-Source Graphics For...   Linux Gaming   27 Aug 2014
Radeon Gallium3D Is Running Increasingly Well Against...   Display Drivers   05 Aug 2014
Even With Re-Clocking, Nouveau Remains Behind NVIDIA's...   Display Drivers   28 Jul 2014
The Power Consumption & Efficiency Of Open-Source...   Display Drivers   26 Jul 2014
Nouveau vs. Radeon vs. Intel Tests On Linux 3.16, Mesa...   Display Drivers   25 Jul 2014
Intel Haswell HD Graphics Benchmarks With Linux 3.16   Software   27 Jun 2014
Open-Source Radeon Performance Boosted By Linux 3.16   Display Drivers   23 Jun 2014
Nouveau Re-Clocking Is Way Faster, Shows Much Progress...   Display Drivers   20 Jun 2014
Open-Source Radeon Takes On AMD Catalyst In 2D...   Display Drivers   17 Jun 2014
Trying Out Nouveau GPU Re-Clocking On Linux 3.16   Display Drivers   16 Jun 2014
Linux 2D Performance: Nouveau vs. NVIDIA   Display Drivers   14 Jun 2014
35-Way NVIDIA/AMD Proprietary Linux Graphics Driver...   Graphics Cards   12 Jun 2014
The Performance-Per-Watt, Efficiency Of GPUs On...   Graphics Cards   05 Jun 2014
Until Re-Clocking Is Figured Out, Nouveau Remains Very...   Display Drivers   18 May 2014
Catalyst 14.4 Has Advantages Over Linux 3.15 + Mesa...   Display Drivers   16 May 2014
Intel vs. Radeon vs. Nouveau On Linux 3.15 + Mesa...   Display Drivers   14 May 2014
Intel HD Graphics On Linux 3.15 Brings Few Changes   Display Drivers   04 May 2014
Nouveau Graphics On Linux 3.15   Display Drivers   03 May 2014
20-Way Intel/AMD/NVIDIA GPU Comparison With Ubuntu...   Display Drivers   07 Apr 2014
NVIDIA Fermi/Kepler GPUs Are The Best Bet For Ubuntu...   Display Drivers   06 Apr 2014
NVIDIA GeForce 700 Series: Stick To The Binary Linux...   Display Drivers   21 Mar 2014
Intel, Radeon, Nouveau Preview On Linux 3.14 With Mesa...   Display Drivers   20 Mar 2014
Nouveau Drags Behind Intel & Radeon For Linux 2D...   Display Drivers   18 Mar 2014
Mesa 10.1 Released With Many Open-Source Driver...   Display Drivers   05 Mar 2014
11-Way Low-End & Older Open-Source GPU Linux...   Display Drivers   26 Feb 2014
Open-Source NVIDIA Driver Is Still Sour For Some GPUs   Display Drivers   24 Jan 2014
27-Way NVIDIA & AMD Graphics Card Benchmarks On...   Graphics Cards   02 Dec 2013
9-Way NVIDIA GeForce Linux OpenCL GPU Benchmarks   Graphics Cards   29 Nov 2013
Open-Source NVIDIA Driver Works On Some GeForce 700...   Display Drivers   27 Nov 2013
Nouveau vs. NVIDIA Linux vs. NVIDIA Windows 8.1   Display Drivers   31 Oct 2013
Open-Source Nouveau Driver Remains Slow For NVIDIA's...   Display Drivers   29 Oct 2013
Linux 3.12 Can Change AMD's Catalyst Performance   Display Drivers   16 Oct 2013
Nouveau Performance Is Faster With Linux 3.12   Software   15 Oct 2013
4-Way Nouveau Benchmarks On Linux 3.12, Mesa 9.3   Display Drivers   26 Sep 2013
Nouveau Benchmarks Lack Change On Mesa 9.2   Display Drivers   06 Aug 2013
AMD Gallium3D & Catalyst Drivers Compete Against...   Display Drivers   02 Aug 2013
NVIDIA's Linux Driver On Ubuntu Is Very Competitive...   Graphics Cards   30 Jul 2013
NVIDIA Mobile: Nouveau vs. The Linux Binary Driver   Display Drivers   07 Jul 2013
Unity On XMir Performance For Nouveau Gallium3D   Software   30 Jun 2013
15-Way Open vs. Closed Source NVIDIA/AMD Linux GPU...   Graphics Cards   29 Apr 2013
Nouveau vs. NVIDIA Linux Comparison Shows Shortcomings   Display Drivers   23 Apr 2013
Mesa 9.2 Brings Better Performance To Intel Ivy Bridge   Display Drivers   13 Apr 2013
Early Ubuntu 13.04 Benchmarks On The Intel Atom   Operating Systems   20 Jan 2013
ION: Nouveau Competes With The NVIDIA R310 Driver   Display Drivers   18 Jan 2013
Five-Way NVIDIA GeForce Comparison On Nouveau   Display Drivers   11 Jan 2013
NVIDIA GeForce 600 "Kepler" On Open-Source:...   Display Drivers   08 Jan 2013
Nouveau Driver Remains Much Slower Than NVIDIA's...   Display Drivers   04 Jan 2013
Early Benchmark Preview Of The Linux 3.8 Kernel   Software   03 Jan 2013
Nouveau NVIDIA Driver Can Be Faster With Linux 3.8   Display Drivers   02 Jan 2013
Checking In On Nouveau Gallium3D For Mesa 9.1   Display Drivers   29 Dec 2012
Ubuntu 13.04 Desktop Comparison: 6 Desktops, 5...   Software   13 Dec 2012
8-Way NVIDIA Nouveau GPU Comparison   Graphics Cards   29 Nov 2012
Clock-For-Clock, Nouveau Can Compete With NVIDIA's...   Display Drivers   06 Nov 2012
Nouveau Re-Clocking, NVIDIA vs. Nouveau Drivers   Display Drivers   08 Oct 2012
Unity 6.8 Doesn't Change Much For Performance   Operating Systems   07 Oct 2012
Trying Out The Nouveau Driver Rewrite   Display Drivers   06 Oct 2012
LLVMpipe On Mesa 8.1 Performance   Display Drivers   07 Aug 2012

Nouveau Linux News

Mesa Can Finally Build With Almost No Compiler...   Mesa   21 Sep 2018
NVIDIA Sends Out DRM Display Patches For Tegra's...   NVIDIA   21 Sep 2018
Nouveau Developers Begin Reverse-Engineering NVIDIA...   NVIDIA   20 Sep 2018
GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Linux Benchmarks Coming Today,...   NVIDIA   19 Sep 2018
AMD Contributes 8.5x More Code To The Linux Kernel...   Hardware   15 Sep 2018
Mesa 18.2 Released With Vega 20 Support, OpenGL 4.4...   Mesa   07 Sep 2018
10 Reasons To Consider The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20...   NVIDIA   06 Sep 2018
AMDGPU & Nouveau Getting HDMI CEC Support For...   Linux Kernel   06 Sep 2018
NVIDIA Firmware Blobs Get Switched Up For Helping...   Nouveau   06 Sep 2018
10 Reasons Linux Gamers Might Want To Pass On The...   NVIDIA   05 Sep 2018
Nouveau Open-Source NVIDIA Driver Begins Tackling HDMI...   Nouveau   04 Sep 2018
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Series Expectations On Linux   NVIDIA   03 Sep 2018
Heterogeneous Memory Management Still Being Worked On...   Hardware   25 Aug 2018
RadeonSI Gets Another Handful Of OpenGL Extensions,...   Mesa   24 Aug 2018
Mesa 18.2 Is Releasing Soon With Many OpenGL / Vulkan...   Mesa   21 Aug 2018
Marek Tackles EXT_gpu_shader4 Support In Gallium3D For...   Mesa   08 Aug 2018
Mesa 18.2 Branched, Mesa 18.3 Enters Development   Mesa   02 Aug 2018
Mesa 18.2 Is On The Final Days Of Development With...   Mesa   26 Jul 2018
The DRM Changes Coming With The Linux 4.19 Kernel   Linux Kernel   25 Jul 2018
Nouveau Changes Queue Ahead Of Linux 4.19   Nouveau   19 Jul 2018
Mesa 18.2 Gets Extra Two Weeks Of Development Time   Mesa   18 Jul 2018
Nouveau Gallium3D Moves Closer Towards OpenGL 4.5...   Nouveau   16 Jul 2018
NIR Continues To Be Prepped For OpenCL Support   Nouveau   15 Jul 2018
Recent Nouveau Improvements Thanks To A New...   Nouveau   08 Jul 2018
Maxwell & Newer Now Support Multi-Sampled Images...   Nouveau   05 Jul 2018
Windows Comparisons, Linux 4.18, Wine & Alternate...   Phoronix   01 Jul 2018
Nouveau NIR Support Nears The Mesa Merging Milestone   Nouveau   29 Jun 2018
Mesa 18.1.3 Released With The Latest Load Of Fixes   Mesa   29 Jun 2018
Features That Didn't Make It For The Mainline Linux...   Linux Kernel   17 Jun 2018
Mesa Rolls Out Support For ARB_sample_locations   Mesa   15 Jun 2018
Nouveau NV50 Gets Patches To Help Dolphin Emulator By...   Nouveau   13 Jun 2018
The Big DRM Updates For Linux 4.18: Intel Icelake,...   Linux Kernel   06 Jun 2018
Mesa 18.1.1 Released With Many OpenGL + Vulkan Driver...   Mesa   01 Jun 2018
Mesa 18.1 Released With Intel Shader Cache Default,...   Mesa   18 May 2018
Open-Source NVIDIA Volta GV100 Support Queued For...   Nouveau   18 May 2018
Mesa 18.1 Expected To Officially Debut Next Week   Mesa   11 May 2018
Initial Open-Source Volta Support Lands In Nouveau For...   Nouveau   08 May 2018
The New Features Coming In Mesa 18.1: Intel Cache By...   Mesa   04 May 2018
Red Hat Developers Continue Working On OpenCL/Compute...   Nouveau   28 Apr 2018
X.Org Server 1.20 Git Corrects DRI3 Fallout For...   X.Org   25 Apr 2018
Mesa's Gallium HUD Gets A Simple Option   Mesa   14 Apr 2018
DRM Drivers Get Fixes Ahead Of Linux 4.17-rc1   Linux Kernel   13 Apr 2018
NVIDIA Publishes Reference Documentation For Volta's...   NVIDIA   12 Apr 2018
NVIDIA Preparing To Drop Fermi Support From Their...   NVIDIA   07 Apr 2018
RadeonSI Now Supports KHR_blend_equation_advanced,...   Mesa   03 Apr 2018
The Big DRM Pull Request For Linux 4.17: 144,461...   Linux Kernel   29 Mar 2018
Nouveau Is On The Verge Of Having Basic Compute...   Nouveau   24 Mar 2018
Mesa Gets Plumbed For Conservative Rasterization...   Mesa   22 Mar 2018
Nouveau NIR Support Appears Almost Baked, NV50 Support...   Nouveau   20 Mar 2018
Student Applications For GSoC 2018 Now Open   Google   12 Mar 2018
Shared Virtual Memory Support For Nouveau With HMM   Nouveau   10 Mar 2018
With Mesa Git You Can Now Run A Completely Open...   Mesa   09 Mar 2018
Compute Support Is Moving Along For Nouveau   Nouveau   08 Mar 2018
GSoC 2018 Could Bring Better Video Decode, Nouveau...   X.Org   27 Feb 2018
Freedreno Is Looking Forward To Mesa SPIR-V/OpenCL Too   Mesa   26 Feb 2018
SPIR-V Support For Gallium3D's Clover Is Closer To...   Mesa   22 Feb 2018
NVIDIA Developer Posts Open-Source Tegra Support For...   NVIDIA   22 Feb 2018
Nouveau's NIR Support Inches Closer To TGSI Quality   Nouveau   21 Feb 2018
Linux KPI-Based DRM Modules Now Working On FreeBSD 11   BSD   18 Feb 2018
VGA_Switcheroo Is Getting Modernized With Device Link...   Linux Kernel   18 Feb 2018
Nouveau Gets ARB_bindless_texture Support For Maxwell...   Nouveau   18 Feb 2018
A Recap Of The Many Interesting Presentations At...   Linux Events   13 Feb 2018
Nouveau Updates Submitted For Linux 4.16, Bringing...   Nouveau   09 Feb 2018
Kepler Clock Gating Queued In Nouveau DRM, Lowering...   Nouveau   04 Feb 2018
Radeon Linux Graphics Stack, RadeonSI Shaders Update...   Radeon   03 Feb 2018
Nouveau Hopes For Basic Vulkan Driver This Year,...   Nouveau   03 Feb 2018
The Big DRM Update Lands In Linux 4.16: DC...   Linux Kernel   02 Feb 2018
FOSDEM 2018 Is This Weekend In Brussels   Linux Events   02 Feb 2018
Updated Clock-Gating Comes For NVIDIA Kepler GPUs On...   Nouveau   26 Jan 2018
Work Revised On Adding SPIR-V Support To Clover...   Mesa   23 Jan 2018
Trying Out DRM-Next For Linux 4.16 With AMDGPU On...   Radeon   22 Jan 2018
RadeonSI NIR Backend Now Supports GLSL 4.50   Mesa   17 Jan 2018
Dead Island Should Now Work With The Gallium3D Drivers   Mesa   17 Jan 2018
The DRM Graphics Driver Changes Coming For Linux 4.16   Linux Kernel   17 Jan 2018
Red Hat Developer Manages Full Clock-Gating For Kepler...   Nouveau   15 Jan 2018
NVIDIA Contributes Some New Tegra/Nouveau Patches   Nouveau   11 Jan 2018
Nouveau NVC0 Gallium3D Lands OpenGL Bindless Texture...   Nouveau   07 Jan 2018
Red Hat's Latest Nouveau Developer Posts Updated NIR...   Nouveau   05 Jan 2018
The Most Popular Articles On Phoronix In 2017   Phoronix   31 Dec 2017
Nouveau Persevered In 2017 For Open-Source NVIDIA But...   Nouveau   31 Dec 2017
There Still Are Some Pain Points For Linux Gaming...   Linux Gaming   30 Dec 2017
NVIDIA's New Allocator Library Will Need A Lot Of Work...   NVIDIA   29 Dec 2017
NetBSD 7.1.1 Released   BSD   28 Dec 2017
Nouveau DRM Changes Being Worked On For Linux 4.16   Nouveau   26 Dec 2017
Nouveau Developer Working On NIR For SPIR-V Compute,...   Nouveau   21 Dec 2017
NVIDIA Sends Out Signed Firmware Images For GP108...   NVIDIA   21 Dec 2017
NVIDIA's Open-Source Christmas: Experimental Allocator...   Nouveau   20 Dec 2017
Atomic Mode-Setting Support For Wayland's Weston Might...   Wayland   20 Dec 2017
Mesa 17.3.1 Is Being Prepped With Around Three Dozen...   Mesa   18 Dec 2017
Struggling Open-Source Support, Pascal Rocking &...   NVIDIA   16 Dec 2017
Mesa 17.2.7 Released For Those Not Yet On Mesa 17.3   Mesa   14 Dec 2017
Mesa 17.3 Officially Released: Nearly OpenGL 4.6,...   Mesa   08 Dec 2017
The Top Mesa News Of 2017   Mesa   03 Dec 2017
NVIDIA's New Memory Allocator Project To Be...   NVIDIA   30 Nov 2017
NVIDIA Confirms Linux Driver Performance Regression,...   NVIDIA   30 Nov 2017
Features You Won't Find With The Mainline Linux 4.15...   Linux Kernel   28 Nov 2017
Freedreno A4xx Picks Up Some More OpenGL 4 Extensions   Mesa   26 Nov 2017
Marek & Mario Prep 10-bit Color Visual Support For...   Mesa   25 Nov 2017
NVIDIA Wants Feedback On Its Device Memory Allocator...   NVIDIA   21 Nov 2017
The Big Changes So Far For The Linux 4.15 Kernel -...   Linux Kernel   19 Nov 2017