Linked by shmerl on Wed 27th Jul 2011 20:51 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless MeegoExperts reports that NVIDIA just released a set of video drivers enabling MeeGo to run on the numerous Tegra 2 tablets, such as the Advent Vega, Adam, Asus Transformer, Motorola Xoom and also the new range of Tegra 2 handsets. This will enable MeeGo and potentially other Linux distros using hardfp video drivers to compete in environment previously dominated exclusively by Android OS.
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Comment by Calipso
by Calipso on Wed 27th Jul 2011 21:03 UTC
Calipso
Member since:
2007-03-13

great stuff. If no device gets released with Meego, we will at least have the ability to run it on tegra tablets. High fives for nvidia!

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RE: Comment by Calipso
by fran on Wed 27th Jul 2011 21:06 UTC in reply to "Comment by Calipso"
fran Member since:
2010-08-06

an India only Meego netbook was release not long ago.
Hopefully Samsung will ship it globally.

http://www.engadget.com/2011/07/21/samsungs-ultralight-n100-deliver...

Edited 2011-07-27 21:07 UTC

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RE: Comment by Calipso
by vivainio on Wed 27th Jul 2011 22:09 UTC in reply to "Comment by Calipso"
vivainio Member since:
2008-12-26

great stuff. If no device gets released with Meego, we will at least have the ability to run it on tegra tablets. High fives for nvidia!


As it stands, "official" MeeGo devices pend on Intel getting good mobile chips out. While we wait for that, it's nice to be able to use reasonable ARM hw for running MeeGo.

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Elocity A7
by fretinator on Wed 27th Jul 2011 21:07 UTC
fretinator
Member since:
2005-07-06

I would love to run this on my Elocity A7 (Tegra 2). It gets very little love from the seller, and I live off of images from XDA. Unfortunately, Dexter, the guy making the images available, was smacked down by the XDA forum folks, and he's abandoned the device. Feature-wise, it is great. It can output HD video via the HDMI port. Nonetheless, I've learned my lesson. Don't buy a device just based on specs - look at the community around the device. I wish I had gotten a Nook Color instead. It is less powerful, but the community around it is great. As it turns out, tablets are mostly good for book and simple games. Oh well, live an learn!

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Nvidia
by Not2Sure on Wed 27th Jul 2011 21:44 UTC
Not2Sure
Member since:
2009-12-07

binary only I assume?

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RE: Nvidia
by shmerl on Wed 27th Jul 2011 23:06 UTC in reply to "Nvidia"
shmerl Member since:
2010-06-08

As usual of course. Still much better than no drivers at all.

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RE[2]: Nvidia
by umccullough on Thu 28th Jul 2011 05:31 UTC in reply to "RE: Nvidia"
umccullough Member since:
2006-01-26

As usual of course. Still much better than no drivers at all.


I used to feel similarly - but I've come to realize that hardware manufacturers have basically become the decision makers for which OSes live and die... I'm not sure it's "much better" as a result.

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RE[3]: Nvidia
by Alfman on Thu 28th Jul 2011 07:35 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Nvidia"
Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

umccullough,

"I used to feel similarly - but I've come to realize that hardware manufacturers have basically become the decision makers for which OSes live and die... I'm not sure it's 'much better' as a result."

It's worse than that. The binary drivers are usually version dependent (thanks to linus' vision that ABIs are bad).

I maintain a custom linux kernel with AUFS patches and I already have to choose kernels by compatibility with AUFS (which has been rejected by mainline). Luckily I don't need graphics on these kernels, but if I did my initial impression is that it'd be even more difficult finding a combination of kernels/binaries/patches that work together.

It would be nice if there was more kernel API/ABI stability such that compatibility would be less of an issue.

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RE[3]: Nvidia
by fithisux on Thu 28th Jul 2011 11:06 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Nvidia"
fithisux Member since:
2006-01-22

I'm not sure it's "much better" as a result.


I agree with you. They killed a lot of interesting OSes and their blobs are a big source of frustration. the only solution is a specification for GFX that describes the hardware interface and is device maker independent with a mobile profile.

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