Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 25th Dec 2006 19:58 UTC, submitted by Michael Larabel
3D News, GL, DirectX "Nouveau is a community project that is working on producing open-source 3D display drivers for NVIDIA graphics cards. Nouveau is not affiliated with Nvidia Corp and is an X.Org project. While this project is still far from being completed, for this holiday special we are sharing some of our first thoughts on this project from our experience thus far. We would like to make it very clear, however, that the Nouveau driver is no where near completed and still has a great deal of work ahead for the 3D component. This article today will also hopefully shed some light on the advancements of this project so far."
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It will evolve for a while longer, but not all that much. Eventually the evolution will slow to a point to where it is easy to track with open source software

I strongly disagree. Specialized processors (such as video) and their specialized memory subsystems have outpaced standard CPUs by a wide margin -- to the point that companies such as Intel are feeling left out in the cold (see recent OsNews article about Intel trying to buy talent for its own video processor campaign). If anything, technology development is going to accelerate, not slow down in the years ahead. You simply can't compare the pace of innovation in video cards versus IDE/SATA chipsets. It's night and day.

For people who understand and desire the long term benefits of removing themselves from the mercy (and continued existence) of software support from a hardware vendor like nVidia, it makes a lot of sense to support the creation of open source drivers.

Face it: You're inevitably dependent on nVidia -- regardless of which direction you go -- because you won't get software to reverse-engineer unless they prosper. So you might as well admit that you're dependent and work with them rather than try to keep up with copying their technology. Plus, you get a hand in telling nVidia and others what YOU think is important, rather than having Microsoft set the agenda.

After all, look at just how much open source software offers today. The "pragmatists" would have quit long ago telling everyone to "compromise" and just use binary windows because it was crazy to duplicate all that functionality in free software. Thankfully, nobody listened to them back then either.

Apples and oranges. It wasn't necessary to reverse-engineer anything to produce Linux.

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