Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 30th Jun 2007 17:14 UTC, submitted by Michael Larabel
3D News, GL, DirectX "The last time we had written an article on Nouveau, the community project working on developing an open-source 3D display driver for NVIDIA hardware, was this past January after being enlightened by glxgears finally being able to run on NVIDIA's NV4x GPUs. Since then many developments have occurred with this open-source NVIDIA driver as we have covered in several news postings. In this article today we will share with you where the Nouveau project stands today from a user perspective as well as testing out the driver on a few more NVIDIA systems."
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And this is a good thing
by Dr-ROX on Sat 30th Jun 2007 18:41 UTC
Dr-ROX
Member since:
2006-01-03

As I remember, when this project started, i had a strange feeling about it's sucess. But as i saw later work, Noveau looks very promising. Now we need similar project with AMD.

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RE: And this is a good thing
by apoclypse on Sat 30th Jun 2007 21:40 in reply to "And this is a good thing"
apoclypse Member since:
2007-02-17

Yeah, the radeon rivers need to be rethought and reimplemented. Much of the code in the radeon drivers are based off of what ati had given the oss community a long time ago. I think starting from scratch and doing clean room drivers would be the better solution. This article doesn't speak on performance though.

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RE[2]: And this is a good thing
by GhePeU on Sat 30th Jun 2007 22:50 in reply to "RE: And this is a good thing"
GhePeU Member since:
2005-07-06

Are you kidding? You're really comparing a real-world working driver which supports pretty much every application on a large gamut of video cards released since a least 2000 with a new incomplete driver which has problem even switching resolution in a fairly common card and can't really do more than display glxgears?

Why should one throw out years of development for a "clean room" work which couldn't possibly give comparable results in years? The nouveau project is a good thing and deserves attention but, please, keep your feet on the ground and don't buy all the hype.

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RE: And this is a good thing
by SEJeff on Sun 1st Jul 2007 05:42 in reply to "And this is a good thing"
SEJeff Member since:
2005-11-05

Actually, there *is* a project similar to this for AMD / ATI graphics cards. It is called avivo and it is located here:
http://gitweb.freedesktop.org/?p=avivo/xf86-video-avivo.git;a=summa...

They are currently trying to get acceleration for the r500 based cards working like they do with the r300 based cards. Long live open source!

Edit:
Adding link talking about this driver a bit. Not everyone wants to just read through code:
http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=753&num=1

Edited 2007-07-01 05:48

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