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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RE[2]: Nice
by kaiwai on Tue 26th Dec 2006 03:10 UTC in reply to "RE: Nice"
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I have nothing against closed source drivers, they're fabulous! and I certainly will use them when I require - but at the same time, these companies need to stop thinking that the *NIX world revolves around Linux.

What about those who run OpenSolaris? FreeBSD? OpenBSD? I mean, honestly, if OpenSound can support all those platforms with such a limited number of programmers, it shouldn't be a hard task to provide atleast an equal level of support for alternative platforms - right now, but Nvidia and ATI do an incredibly crap job at it.

Nvidia isn't the only company who can get pulled up for this; Intel and their ipw3945 driver, and their stupid decision to release it under a GPL licence instead of dual licencing so that it could be ported to run on non-GPL operating systems like FreeBSD/OpenBSD/NetBSD/OpenSolaris.

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RE[3]: Nice
by SomeGuy on Tue 26th Dec 2006 04:13 in reply to "RE[2]: Nice"
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And what happens when I want to write my own OS? With open source drivers, I can port over the open code (and pray it's well documented). With binary drivers, I'm dead in the water.

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RE[4]: Nice
by tomcat on Tue 26th Dec 2006 19:10 in reply to "RE[3]: Nice"
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And what happens when I want to write my own OS?

There are risks associated with doing practically anything.

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RE[3]: Nice
by orestes on Tue 26th Dec 2006 12:21 in reply to "RE[2]: Nice"
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I haven't played with the BSDs lately, but nvidia supports Opensolaris quite well. In fact, the last couple builds of SXCR have even had the latest nvidia driver included and enabled by default.

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RE[4]: Nice
by kaiwai on Tue 26th Dec 2006 17:47 in reply to "RE[3]: Nice"
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But 'officially', the consumer line of graphics cards aren't supported by the driver - that is a hit and miss as to whether it properly works.

There has been much promise on the mailing lists about a 3945abg driver over 3 months ago, and yet nothing delivered, no feedback from Sun - I thought the whole purpose of opensouce was to have open dialogue between Sun programmers, end users and third party developers - but I guess its all smoke and mirrors for the media.

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