Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 24th Sep 2013 22:45 UTC, submitted by ddc_
3D News, GL, DirectX

Few companies have been the target of as much criticism in the Linux community as Nvidia. Linus Torvalds himself last year called Nvidia the "single worst company" Linux developers have ever worked with, giving the company his middle finger in a public talk.

Nvidia is now trying to get on Linux developers' good side. Yesterday, Nvidia's Andy Ritger e-mailed developers of Nouveau, an open source driver for Nvidia cards that is built by reverse engineering Nvidia's proprietary drivers. Ritger wrote that "NVIDIA is releasing public documentation on certain aspects of our GPUs, with the intent to address areas that impact the out-of-the-box usability of NVIDIA GPUs with Nouveau. We intend to provide more documentation over time, and guidance in additional areas as we are able."

It wouldn't surprise me if this is related to the SteamOS announcement.

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RE: Comment by aqd-
by ddc_ on Wed 25th Sep 2013 00:39 UTC in reply to "Comment by aqd-"
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Why would anyone who buy the best cards on market and intend to play latest games [...]

The whole Nouveau project is meaningless until nVIDIA releases their hardware spec completely and dump their binary driver, which is not going to happen.

Do you see a gap between your predicate and your conclusion? If I bought NVIDIA card (which just couldn't happen before this announcement), I would certainly avoid binary driver (which I have no reason to trust) and use Nouveau driver instead. So while Nouveau may be meaningless for you, it certainly isn't for me.

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