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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by lemur2 on Wed 25th Sep 2013 06:00 UTC in reply to "..."
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NVidia is just playing by the rules, in the Linux ecosystem open source drivers are prefered.

It isn't just a preference, it is all but a requirement to have open source graphics drivers if Linux developers want to make significant enhancements to the Linux graphics stack, such as Wayland for example.

This is because the closed proprietary drivers from nVidia and AMD essentially replace the majority of the Linux graphics stack. Hence, in order to change the Linux graphics stack, Linux developers need OEMs to implement equivalent/sympathetic changes within their proprietary drivers. This puts the OEMs in a position to dictate the progress, or lack thereof, of the Linux graphics stack.

NVIDIA have ‘no plans to support Wayland’


Edited 2013-09-25 06:08 UTC

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