Linked by Rahul on Tue 24th Feb 2009 23:09 UTC
Fedora Core Among the many new features for Fedora 11, a newly added one is Nouveau becoming the default driver for Nvidia cards in Rawhide. Nouveau is an effort to create a completely free and open source 3D driver for Nvidia cards. Fedora 7 originally included this driver installed but not enabled by default. Red Hat recently hired Ben Skeggs, one of the primary Nouveau developers and Nouveau driver has been accepted by the Fedora Engineering team to be the default driver for Nvidia cards with the legacy nv driver as a fallback option. Nouvaeu already supports more chipsets, RANR 1.1 support, Accelerated XRENDER, Textured Video support for many cards that are not covered by the nv driver which has been hampered by a lot of obfuscated code as well. Phoronix has other details.
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Lead rather than follow
by cmost on Wed 25th Feb 2009 16:47 UTC
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I agree with the contention that Fedora's motives in choosing Nouveau over nv in the upcoming Fedora release is to further spotlight the project and ultimately bring improvements to it. In the Linux ecosystem we have leaders and we have followers. We have givers and takers. Leaders aren't afraid to take the unbeaten path whereas followers will only go where others have gone before them. It takes guts to be the first but ultimately we'll all benefit. Fedora has always been a cutting edge, highly innovative distribution. It's sort of the Sidux of RPM distributions. I'm always interested in what those guys are doing over there!

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