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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tux68
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2006-10-24

People also said that the limit of requirements for RAM, or CPU cycles, or hard disk space, or portable storage size, or screen resolution, or whatever has been reached. They said that all time, and were proven wrong every single time.

You're right of course, but they made the mistake of specifying a specific quantity. You say yourself you can see a limit 50 years out, maybe it's a 100. But that really wasn't the main point: the exponential _rate_ of change will diminish just as we see Moores law starting to taper off in the CPU realm.

However in the shorter term there's lots of reason to believe the situation will improve even in the face of many advancements in the performance of 3d video cards. Much in the same way that CPU's continue to perform better and change large parts of the underlying silicon while maintaining an instruction set that hardly changes at all. Similarly, there is every reason to believe that even while video card performance will continue to improve, and offer VR etc, the underlying programming interaction with the card won't need to change nearly as much.

But no matter what the technical challenges, doing the best we can is a better option than begging nVidia for a binary blob we have no control over ourselves, and then praying they don't get bought up by Microsoft etc.

As an aside, once a community developed open source driver exists, it removes many of the reasons nVidia has given about why they can't provide an open source driver themselves. Perhaps they will have a change of heart and offer patches here and there where they can. But we'll never create the conditions for that to happen if we just accept the status-quo.

It's a great project with lots of reason to think it will ultimately succeed, even if some people think we should give up before really getting started.

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