Linked by shmerl on Wed 27th Jul 2011 20:51 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless MeegoExperts reports that NVIDIA just released a set of video drivers enabling MeeGo to run on the numerous Tegra 2 tablets, such as the Advent Vega, Adam, Asus Transformer, Motorola Xoom and also the new range of Tegra 2 handsets. This will enable MeeGo and potentially other Linux distros using hardfp video drivers to compete in environment previously dominated exclusively by Android OS.
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RE[2]: Nvidia
by umccullough on Thu 28th Jul 2011 05:31 UTC in reply to "RE: Nvidia"
umccullough
Member since:
2006-01-26

As usual of course. Still much better than no drivers at all.


I used to feel similarly - but I've come to realize that hardware manufacturers have basically become the decision makers for which OSes live and die... I'm not sure it's "much better" as a result.

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RE[3]: Nvidia
by Alfman on Thu 28th Jul 2011 07:35 in reply to "RE[2]: Nvidia"
Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

umccullough,

"I used to feel similarly - but I've come to realize that hardware manufacturers have basically become the decision makers for which OSes live and die... I'm not sure it's 'much better' as a result."

It's worse than that. The binary drivers are usually version dependent (thanks to linus' vision that ABIs are bad).

I maintain a custom linux kernel with AUFS patches and I already have to choose kernels by compatibility with AUFS (which has been rejected by mainline). Luckily I don't need graphics on these kernels, but if I did my initial impression is that it'd be even more difficult finding a combination of kernels/binaries/patches that work together.

It would be nice if there was more kernel API/ABI stability such that compatibility would be less of an issue.

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RE[3]: Nvidia
by fithisux on Thu 28th Jul 2011 11:06 in reply to "RE[2]: Nvidia"
fithisux Member since:
2006-01-22

I'm not sure it's "much better" as a result.


I agree with you. They killed a lot of interesting OSes and their blobs are a big source of frustration. the only solution is a specification for GFX that describes the hardware interface and is device maker independent with a mobile profile.

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