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    Default NVIDIA Pushes Out Another Binary Driver Update

    Phoronix: NVIDIA Pushes Out Another Binary Driver Update

    While NVIDIA doesn't stick to a defined release cycle like AMD where they will issue Catalyst driver updates for Linux and Windows on a predictable monthly basis, as of late they have been pushing out a lot of drivers. Two weeks ago NVIDIA released four new Linux drivers and then just a day later they released another driver...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=NzA1Nw

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    So these are "stable"?

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    I had a foolish hope when i saw that: "Fixed an X driver performance problem on integrated GPUs." Unfortunately the performace is as catastrophic as usual on my NVS 135M under KDE 4 with composite activated. KDE 4 has been out for over a year. NVidia still has not fixed their driver. I will keep recommending people not to buy any nvidia product thanks to their behaviour. One year. Incredible.

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    is it just me that this phoronix *news* is more like an amd *advertisement*. besides, lol at *predictable* (thankfully the word *regular* was not abused) amd releases .

    i wonder what would happen in a situation if phoronix were asked to write a wikipedia entry on linux graphics drivers . (would imagine it would be worse than if it were done by stallman himself .)

    @ Med_: i understand your frustration, but this is not constructive. i have myself seen kde slowness, but i have seen things improve and wrinkles get ironed out over the time with very honest efforts from both nvidia and the kde team. i am using ubuntu 8.10 with kde 4.2 from kubuntu-experimental repo - 3d effects are smoother than compiz and 2d is good too. in any case, try to at least describe the problem you are facing.

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    NVIDIA seems to be taking care of KDE4 performance issues. Granted, GeForce 6-series cards didn't have the same "serious" issues as I guess the 7's and 8's did, but there were issues. And they are dissolving.

    And, for the record, NVIDIA is doing a better job fixing KDE4 issues than AMD is with video. Or wine. Or $any_number_of_other_problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hdas View Post
    is it just me that this phoronix *news* is more like an amd *advertisement*. besides, lol at *predictable* (thankfully the word *regular* was not abused) amd releases .

    i wonder what would happen in a situation if phoronix were asked to write a wikipedia entry on linux graphics drivers . (would imagine it would be worse than if it were done by stallman himself .)

    @ Med_: i understand your frustration, but this is not constructive. i have myself seen kde slowness, but i have seen things improve and wrinkles get ironed out over the time with very honest efforts from both nvidia and the kde team. i am using ubuntu 8.10 with kde 4.2 from kubuntu-experimental repo - 3d effects are smoother than compiz and 2d is good too. in any case, try to at least describe the problem you are facing.

    I stated in several occasions that Phoronix is absolutley pro-AMD and have suggested them to just put an AMD logo for website. This can be "silently" understood from Michael's way of writing AMD articles and NVIDIA articles.

    However, what I understood in time is that Michael isn't pro-AMD, because he writes in the same way even for Intel articles(well, not exactly the same :P ). This means that he simply doesn't like blob binary drivers, even if they are 1000 times better than any opens source driver of AMD/INTEL.

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    @bulletxt:

    I don't know, they're usually gushing praise for the Catalyst releases as well. Well, aside from the fact that XvBA is vaporware so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bulletxt View Post
    However, what I understood in time is that Michael isn't pro-AMD, because he writes in the same way even for Intel articles(well, not exactly the same :P ). This means that he simply doesn't like blob binary drivers, even if they are 1000 times better than any opens source driver of AMD/INTEL.

    Hmmm? Sure, I would love all open-source drivers, but I am not anti-binary drivers. At this time they offer the best performance and features on Linux. On my main laptop I am running a binary display driver. Oh yeah, and it's the NVIDIA binary driver.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    Hmmm? Sure, I would love all open-source drivers, but I am not anti-binary drivers. At this time they offer the best performance and features on Linux. On my main laptop I am running a binary display driver. Oh yeah, and it's the NVIDIA binary driver.
    If that is the case, then I (and a lot of other people) don't understand why is your AMD articles always like a "wow" and NVIDIA like "yea ok, I'm bored"... because that is what I understand from your posts....... and I'm sure im not the only one to feel this..

    But anyways I don't have anything against you even if you were pro-AMD 'cause I'm the first one to own AMD hardware

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    Quote Originally Posted by Med_ View Post
    I had a foolish hope when i saw that: "Fixed an X driver performance problem on integrated GPUs." Unfortunately the performace is as catastrophic as usual on my NVS 135M under KDE 4 with composite activated. KDE 4 has been out for over a year. NVidia still has not fixed their driver. I will keep recommending people not to buy any nvidia product thanks to their behaviour. One year. Incredible.
    So you're going to recommend ATI cards? Epic fail.

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