Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 26th Nov 2009 19:41 UTC, submitted by Gabor
FreeBSD Astute readers probably already saw this one waiting in our backend, but since there was no official announcement yet, I decided to wait. Now that it's officially here, let's rejoice: the FreeBSD team has released version 8.0 of their operating system, packed with new features and improvements.
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64-bit NVidia support
by 4nntt on Thu 26th Nov 2009 20:30 UTC
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2009-02-12

Did all the necessary functionality for 64-bit NVidia support make it in to the 8.0 release?

http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=41545&page=38

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RE: 64-bit NVidia support
by Damnshock on Thu 26th Nov 2009 21:54 in reply to "64-bit NVidia support"
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2006-09-15
RE[2]: 64-bit NVidia support
by s1oan on Thu 26th Nov 2009 22:37 in reply to "RE: 64-bit NVidia support"
s1oan Member since:
2009-06-06

The wiki about this issue is outdated or there's still one thing not implemented.

http://wiki.freebsd.org/NvidiaFeatureRequests

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FreeBSD or FrankenBSD?
by sakeniwefu on Fri 27th Nov 2009 14:01 in reply to "64-bit NVidia support"
sakeniwefu Member since:
2008-02-26

I know I'll come out as a troll, but if your response to companies like nVidia or Skype is to work for them for free by emulating Windows and Linux or even rewriting kernel interfaces to suit their needs you are in for a nice ride.

Surely some people wouldn't use Linux or FreeBSD without wine and proprietary blobs. But is popularity worth crippling your OS?

In the end you are the one letting unchecked nVidia code run in kernel-mode watching your incoming packets or, more realistically, going to find that your 2-year old PC becomes a brick when nVidia et al. decide it is obsolete or not worthy and stop providing downloads for drivers.

In my opinion, you actually do more for Open Source buying open hardware(AMD, Intel) and actually using Windows proprietary drivers on it to play your silly games, than contributing "open source" FreeBSD or Linux support for companies like nVidia.

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RE: FreeBSD or FrankenBSD?
by adamk on Sun 29th Nov 2009 14:04 in reply to "FreeBSD or FrankenBSD?"
adamk Member since:
2005-07-08

I know I'll come out as a troll, but if your response to companies like nVidia or Skype is to work for them for free by emulating Windows and Linux or even rewriting kernel interfaces to suit their needs you are in for a nice ride.

Surely some people wouldn't use Linux or FreeBSD without wine and proprietary blobs. But is popularity worth crippling your OS?


What makes you think that they are crippling FreeBSD by adding this functionality? Perhaps this functionality is useful, not only for nvidia, but for open source drivers, as well. Or perhaps these changes bring in other benefits to the operating system?

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