Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 23rd Oct 2007 18:58 UTC, submitted by Oliver
FreeBSD FeeBSD 7.0-beta1 has been released, with 6.3-beta1 on its way. "We have entered the final phases of the FreeBSD-7.0 Release cycle which also means the beginning of the FreeBSD-6.3 Release cycle. Because the people who support the ports for FreeBSD also need to go through a freeze cycle as part of releases we had decided to combine the two releases to try and minimize the impact on the ports maintainers."
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RE: nvidia on amd64?
by gilboa on Wed 24th Oct 2007 10:11 UTC in reply to "nvidia on amd64?"
gilboa
Member since:
2005-07-06

Far, far away [1], [2].
nVidia hides behind the "missing features" argument while the BSD people (understandably) do not rush to implement the missing features.

Hopefully AMD will release all the 3D specs ASAP, helping the X.org/SUSE team to release a good 3D capable OSS driver - forcing, nVidia to rethink their driver policy.
As it stands, I don't see them modify their driver frame work to support 64bit BSD, Xen (under both Linux and Solaris) and other non-standard OS combinations.

- Gilboa
[1] http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=82203
[2] http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=41545

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RE[2]: nvidia on amd64?
by Oliver on Wed 24th Oct 2007 16:15 in reply to "RE: nvidia on amd64?"
Oliver Member since:
2006-07-15

Thanks god games aren't important.

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RE[2]: nvidia on amd64?
by atici on Wed 24th Oct 2007 16:46 in reply to "RE: nvidia on amd64?"
atici Member since:
2005-07-06

I think nVidia's policy is admirable when it comes to FreeBSD drivers. To be able to release a high performance driver they posted their requests on freebsd forums long time ago. It's not like they're hiding behind anything or making excessive demands. Those features are available in Linux and Solaris and thus they have a 64 bit driver. Also if you want a suboptimal solution you can always stick to 32 bit OS. nVidia will release the driver as soon as the features are implemented. So if anyone is dragging their feet it's the BSD team.

I don't play games but I need the official nVidia driver for my dual monitor setup. I guess I'll have to wait for Project Indiana instead.

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RE[3]: nvidia on amd64?
by Oliver on Wed 24th Oct 2007 18:49 in reply to "RE[2]: nvidia on amd64?"
Oliver Member since:
2006-07-15

Not every operating system designs its drivers according to the wishes of some driver developers. Most of the time those driver developers aren't able to develop proper drivers at all, so why care about it? Maybe they should open up their drivers, there will be something ready for proper redesign too :-)

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