Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 24th Sep 2013 22:45 UTC, submitted by ddc_
3D News, GL, DirectX

Few companies have been the target of as much criticism in the Linux community as Nvidia. Linus Torvalds himself last year called Nvidia the "single worst company" Linux developers have ever worked with, giving the company his middle finger in a public talk.

Nvidia is now trying to get on Linux developers' good side. Yesterday, Nvidia's Andy Ritger e-mailed developers of Nouveau, an open source driver for Nvidia cards that is built by reverse engineering Nvidia's proprietary drivers. Ritger wrote that "NVIDIA is releasing public documentation on certain aspects of our GPUs, with the intent to address areas that impact the out-of-the-box usability of NVIDIA GPUs with Nouveau. We intend to provide more documentation over time, and guidance in additional areas as we are able."

It wouldn't surprise me if this is related to the SteamOS announcement.

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RE: Comment by aqd-
by Flatland_Spider on Wed 25th Sep 2013 01:05 UTC in reply to "Comment by aqd-"
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The original posting to the Nouveau mailing list asked the Nouveau devs for a prioritized list of documents they need, so the Nvidia team could work on getting those released. This is just the first release. There are more documents to come.

Because they don't have integrated graphics or a low-end card, and they need to run Xorg.

Because the GUI installers run on Xorg, and people can't get to the installer if the graphics break.

Because 30% is still better then vesafb.

Because depending on the distro, the driver may not be in the repos, and sometimes it breaks on package upgrades.

Because the CLI is prettier with KMS compatible drivers. This is kind of silly, but I like my console to take advantage of the monitor and graphics card, no matter how underwhelming the GPU may be.

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