Work On Nouveau Companion Halted
Phoronix: Work On Nouveau Companion Halted
It's been over a month since Nouveau Companion 39, but don't expect the 40th edition of the Nouveau Companion to come anytime soon. In a message to Phoronix, the Nouveau Companion's lead writer "KoalaBR" has said "the project is in a kind of hiatus." This is mostly because Stephane Marchesin, the leader of Nouveau, has been missing due to looking at future job opportunities...
Nouveau: Time to say goodbye?
A spark of life 3 days ago in the git repository, then the nouveau project fell back to silence.
And now they say "the project leader is seeking a job - possibly a job that involves hours and hours and hours of well-or-at-least-fairly paid coding", so, if Mr. Marchesin enjoys writing code, why on earth should he spend hours coding for free when he can spend the same hours coding for money?
And where are all the others? desaparecidos? "Found a real girlfriend at last, no more a computer-nerd"? "end of term exams, sorry..."? "mom locked my PC in the cupboard coz my marks did not met her expectations and she said it was because I spend too much time at that computer and too little on school books"? "Whoa! SuperMegaUltraRacer XXIII for PlayBox V is out, I won't stop playing until I beat the machine and set the fastest lap on all the 3718 tracks! - oh wait, I don't have a PlayBox V, it costs $999.99, ok I'll buy one with the money I was saving for the new NVidia cards I needed for that nouv... Nuvy.. what was the name of the project? ah no matter... SuperMegaUltraRacer XXIII here I come!!!"
Sorry for sarcasm, blame me if you like, but that's the sad truth: Intel's backing the open driver at best; AMD is supporting open projects with specs, Novell($oft) is funding RadeonHD...
Nvidia isn't backing nouveau. No one backs Nouveau. No specs, no money, no personnel, no hardware, nothing. Only a few volunteers, with a real life to carry on.
And please, don't tell me "donate!", my $10 or my old GeForce2 won't fuel the project that much...
It was a good dream... but my next video card will be an ATI.