Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 6th Dec 2005 13:23 UTC, submitted by Michael Larabel
Graphics, User Interfaces Here is a test concerning NVIDIA SLI on Linux (in this case, OpenSUSE 10.0 OSS). "With our previous article that we published moments ago, demonstrating the performance of the GeForce 7800GTX 256MB under Linux with the 1.0-8174 Rel80 drivers that were finally released today, there's no disputing that the Windows XP NVIDIA ForceWare users can generally see a significantly higher frame-rate with the same hardware components, in addition to other features that aren't yet supported by the proprietary NVIDIA Linux drivers. However, how do NVIDIA's initial Rel80 Linux drivers (1.0-8174) fair in the world of Scalable Link Interface?"
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edwdig
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2005-08-22

nVidia will never release driver code, as all cards share the same unified driver source.

As to documentation, that's only going to create more hassles than it's worth for them. Very few people would go out and buy a GeForce 1 if nVidia released documentation for it today. nVidia stopped making them long ago, and they aren't going to start producing more now for the couple people that might want one. They probably don't even have documentation in a suitable form to give to people trying to write a driver from scratch. To make the docs useful to people, they would have to assign engineers to the task of providing support, which isn't very likely to happen considering it won't bring in more money than it would cost.

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halfmanhalfamazing Member since:
2005-07-23

I don't expect them to release code, and didn't even mention that.

---------that's only going to create more hassles than it's worth for them.-------------

Supporting more families of cards = less hassles? It seems as if they were supporting less families that would mean less hassles. Let the OSS community have the hassles if it wants them that bad.

---------nVidia stopped making them long ago, and they aren't going to start producing more now for the couple people that might want one.------------

That's the point. It's not about them producing more. I doubt anybody thinks they will. It's about those who already have them getting support from the community. You know as well as I do that nvidia isn't gonna support these cards forever, but it's in their best interest for some sort of support platform to be available in case people decide to use these cards.

----------They probably don't even have documentation in a suitable form to give to people trying to write a driver from scratch.------------

Unlikely. They can make a tremendous driver for these cards but don't have good documentation? Sorry, but these two just do not go together.

-----------To make the docs useful to people, they would have to assign engineers to the task----------

No they wouldn't. They could do this to increase the effectiveness and timely manner in which these drivers could/would be created, but the lack of nvidia engineers would not result in zero driver development.

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