Linked by Rahul on Tue 24th Feb 2009 23:09 UTC
Fedora Core Among the many new features for Fedora 11, a newly added one is Nouveau becoming the default driver for Nvidia cards in Rawhide. Nouveau is an effort to create a completely free and open source 3D driver for Nvidia cards. Fedora 7 originally included this driver installed but not enabled by default. Red Hat recently hired Ben Skeggs, one of the primary Nouveau developers and Nouveau driver has been accepted by the Fedora Engineering team to be the default driver for Nvidia cards with the legacy nv driver as a fallback option. Nouvaeu already supports more chipsets, RANR 1.1 support, Accelerated XRENDER, Textured Video support for many cards that are not covered by the nv driver which has been hampered by a lot of obfuscated code as well. Phoronix has other details.
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Is-it meaningful?
by renox on Wed 25th Feb 2009 10:17 UTC
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Member since:
2005-07-06

Fedora is also a distribution which choose to install KDE4.0 by default for KDE..
It's clearly a (very) bleeding edge distribution so the use of Nouveau as a default driver cannot really be used as an indicator of the state of the Nouveau's driver..

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RE: Is-it meaningful?
by Rahul on Wed 25th Feb 2009 10:27 in reply to "Is-it meaningful?"
Rahul Member since:
2005-07-06

The goal of Fedora doing this is move the free software projects forward. When Fedora 9 included KDE 4, the feedback helped KDE 4 improve to where it has gotten today. Fedora KDE community explained that in

http://magazine.redhat.com/2008/02/18/kde-sig-talks-about-kde-4/

and

http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/SIGs/KDE/KDE4FAQ

It benefits the entire ecosystem to do that. Nouveau is similar. Red Hat and Fedora has the engineering expertise to do this since they are among the largest kernel and Xorg contributors. There is no claim that it is ready for absolutely everybody. If you read the feature page, you will see that the status is already better than nv driver in many cases and Fedora including it now means whatever distribution you are using will benefit sooner or latter.

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RE[2]: Is-it meaningful?
by segedunum on Wed 25th Feb 2009 17:24 in reply to "RE: Is-it meaningful?"
segedunum Member since:
2005-07-06

The goal of Fedora doing this is move the free software projects forward. When Fedora 9 included KDE 4, the feedback helped KDE 4 improve to where it has gotten today.

That's not what they and others have been saying previously over the issue, and they've even validated the approach KDE's developers took with KDE 4.0 by saying that and doing what they did with other packages. Previously the position was that KDE 4.0 wasn't ready but they were promised that it would be OK so they included it anyway.

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RE: Is-it meaningful?
by UltraZelda64 on Wed 25th Feb 2009 10:40 in reply to "Is-it meaningful?"
UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

Fedora is also a distribution which choose to install KDE4.0 by default for KDE..
It's clearly a (very) bleeding edge distribution so the use of Nouveau as a default driver cannot really be used as an indicator of the state of the Nouveau's driver..

Very good point.

And for a second there, I was getting kind of excited...

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RE[2]: Is-it meaningful?
by broken_symlink on Wed 25th Feb 2009 15:50 in reply to "RE: Is-it meaningful?"
broken_symlink Member since:
2005-07-06

Well, it must be at least somewhat usable if they are including. I mean this is much more important than kde, because without this you wouldn't even able to run kde in the first place.

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