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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Actual status of Nouveau
by Darkmage on Wed 25th Sep 2013 01:41 UTC
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The actual status of Nouveau, is that they drivers are missing power management, SLI, and OpenCL support (FOR CURRENT GENERATION CARDS!). SLI is irrelevant for 90% of users. OpenCL is missed in a tiny percentage of games. Power management is the big one here. If NVIDIA's documentation can get Nouveau upto spec on gpu clock speeds and memory timing speeds then the Nouveau drivers will rapidly catch up in performance. I actually bother to read the nouveau website and follow the updates from on this. Michael Larabel did a really good job laying out the current state of the drivers including performance benchmarks.In two years time, the Nouveau drivers would have been giving NVIDIA a run for their money. By releasing documentation they are speeding up the inevitable. I expect we are going to see very rapid improvement on linux graphics within 6-12 months. OpenGL 4 support is going to be worked on by Intel, and that work flows into Nouveau and ATi drivers. I expect by end of year 2015 we will have at least performance parity with Windows across intel/nvidia, and possibly with ATi as well, if not outperforming windows.

Edited 2013-09-25 01:41 UTC

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