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[5]: Comment by lemur2
by moondevil on Wed 25th Sep 2013 14:00 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by lemur2"
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You are the one only picking on OpenCL, while cleverly leaving out that the open source drivers are still way behind in proper OpenGL support.

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RE[6]: Comment by lemur2
by lemur2 on Thu 26th Sep 2013 10:56 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by lemur2"
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2007-02-17

You are the one only picking on OpenCL, while cleverly leaving out that the open source drivers are still way behind in proper OpenGL support.


The Radeon and Intel open source drivers both currently support OpenGL 3.0, and are not far off supporting OpenGL 3.3.

Mesa 10.0 With OpenGL 3.3 Likely Coming In November

http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=MTQ2OTU

"don't expect OpenGL 4.0 support as still a lot of GL4 extensions are to be implemented in Mesa"

The major work still to be done for OpenGL 4.x support for the Linux graphics stack is, I believe, work to be done for Mesa, and not the specific GPU drivers per se.

The Current State Of OpenGL 3, OpenGL 4 In Mesa 9.2

http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=MTQxMTE

In any event it is my understanding that there are currently very few Linux programs which require support of a later version of OpenGL than 3.3.

For readers who might actually be interested, here is a short report on the current state of OpenCL support:

Gallium3D OpenCL Is Starting To Show Progress

http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=MTQ2OTQ

Edited 2013-09-26 11:01 UTC

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