I was referring to the thread you mentioned, not to you specifically. The driver implementation if a linux kernel object, which does nothing else than operate on the hardware level. I'm sure nVidia could somehow come up with a hack for X to accelerate certain parts, and that would possibly satisfy the starter of that thread, but it is far from an ideal solution - in my opinion, and I hope it'll never come to that. Perhaps, in the future, if the entire X server depends on the GPU, it will be an attractive solution.
Originally Posted by mpcd
Okay, a bit more information to throw out there today... Most of the information in this article is based solely on NVIDIA's past history, so accept these thoughts as you wish.
If you measure the time from NVIDIA's first public Linux display driver release (May 17, 2001; 1.0-1251) to their most recent non-legacy driver (May 22, 2006; 1.0-8762), and graph it, you will get something like:
Pardon the version numbers on the bottom getting cut off. This visual pretty much reiterates the long/short release cycle of a few months and then a matter of weeks for a follow-up release. If you base their release cycle on all of the drivers in the past, the average number of days between releases is 70. Coincidently, today is 70 days since the 1.0-8762 driver release. However, if you simply count the time between the major driver releases in the 1.0-7XXX and 1.0-8XXX, there is on average 92 days for the major/longer driver release. With that said, the resulting date based upon NVIDIA's past would push this next driver release to August 22, 2006.
Based upon this NVIDIA release history, as well as a few other tid-bits of information learned from various people in the industry, NVIDIA's inaugural 1.0-9XXX driver release will likely occur within a week of August 23, 2006. This estimated date hasn't been officially confirmed by NVIDIA, so accept this information at your discretion.
Some news today is of NVIDIA's Quado Plex VCS. Two links:
The Visual Computing System is compatible with Linux (32-bit and 64-bit), and with that it would be logical to bring the new display drivers. NVIDIA is stating this VCS will begin shipping in September, while The Inquirer is reporting 3 weeks from now.
With this Quadro Plex now, hopefully they will improve the quality of Linux SLI...
I'm still trying to get the August 23rd (+/- a week) Linux driver date confirmed with sources close to NVIDIA. Hopefully some more information will come out during Siggraph.
The new 9xxx drivers will add OpenGL 2.1 and GLSL 1.2 support
Last edited by Thunderbird; 08-07-2006 at 03:58 PM.
It also looks like there will be some nvidia-settings improvements -- http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=74657
A big part of the changes in NV-CONTROL already exist in the current drivers but nvidia-settings doesn't use those yet. Neither do I in nvclock..
Further 1.0-9xxx won't be out soon, there will be a new 1.0-8xxx release first containing 7.1 support.
This looks like it will indeed be the case.
Originally Posted by Michael
Will this be the 9xxx release, or another 8xxx release?
It looks like a final 1.0-8XXX release may be squeezed in, I am still trying to confirm that.