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 jessta on Tue 26th Dec 2006 10:50 UTC in reply to "Nice"
jessta
Member since:
2005-08-17

If non-FLOSS modules were every prevented from being loaded in to the kernel, then a FLOSS project would be started to make a module to 'load' non-FLOSS modules.

What is needed is projects like this and more consumer demand for the drivers to be opened. The problem is that the majority of consumers aren't directly effected by my closed source drivers. They are only effected due to lower programmer output by wasting time dealing with closed source crap, which leads to longer time between new feature upgrades etc.

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RE[3]: Nice
by arielb on Tue 26th Dec 2006 11:56 in reply to "RE[2]: Nice"
arielb Member since:
2006-11-15

I'm all for open source drivers but operating systems should be free to use and distribute closed source as well so that users don't have to wait before they can have maximum use of the system

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RE[4]: Nice
by hal2k1 on Thu 28th Dec 2006 09:33 in reply to "RE[2]: Nice"
hal2k1 Member since:
2005-11-11

//If non-FLOSS modules were every prevented from being loaded in to the kernel, then a FLOSS project would be started to make a module to 'load' non-FLOSS modules. //

This is a very good description of what the binary Nviidia driver for Linux and its open-source "wrapper" already does.

http://www.nvidia.com/object/unix.html

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