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    Default NVIDIA 180.51 Display Driver Released

    Phoronix: NVIDIA 180.51 Display Driver Released

    NVIDIA has now managed to make it nearly two weeks before issuing a new Linux driver update. The NVIDIA 185.19 Beta is still the latest in the 185.xx series, but NVIDIA has provided a pre-release of the 180.51 driver. The NVIDIA 180.51 driver adds support for the GeForce GT 130, GeForce GT 140, GeForce GTS 250, GeForce 9400GT, and GeForce 9600GSO 512MB...

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

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    So... NVIDIA has 0 problems making the blob driver compatible with a new unreleased Kernel (and Xserver), but with other companies the user has to wait many months after a new kernel/xserver release.

    The good side of the story is that the free nv driver is bad (that is of course bad, fortunately nouveau is becoming better) and the radeon driver is every time better.
    But that is not a excuse to not make the driver compatible with the latest stable kernel/xserver...

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    Quote Originally Posted by KDesk View Post
    So... NVIDIA has 0 problems making the blob driver compatible with a new unreleased Kernel (and Xserver), but with other companies the user has to wait many months after a new kernel/xserver release.

    The good side of the story is that the free nv driver is bad (that is of course bad, fortunately nouveau is becoming better) and the radeon driver is every time better.
    But that is not a excuse to not make the driver compatible with the latest stable kernel/xserver...
    And this suprises you? Development when unhindered by politics usually will deliver results faster.

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    As far as I know, AMD has to do more development work for new Xorg/Linux due to being closer to these systems / using more parts of them. NVIDIA has rewritten most parts for their own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deanjo View Post
    And this suprises you? Development when unhindered by politics usually will deliver results faster.
    This

    With all the hoo-ha surrounding ATI's fglrx, no wonder they have a problem getting out good releases. The open ATI drivers are getting better with time and perhaps be on a par with fglrx very soon

    nVidia just gets better...and I do wish they opened their drivers as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deanjo View Post
    And this suprises you? Development when unhindered by politics usually will deliver results faster.
    Yeah, so will development unhindered by testing procedures. The 180.50 release somehow didn't work on 7xxx cards any more, and nobody noticed before release

    as a nvidia user I always dread upgrading the nvidia-drivers. Regressions are way too common

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    Quote Originally Posted by rohcQaH View Post
    Yeah, so will development unhindered by testing procedures. The 180.50 release somehow didn't work on 7xxx cards any more, and nobody noticed before release

    as a nvidia user I always dread upgrading the nvidia-drivers. Regressions are way too common
    That's why 180.50/51 are pre-releases. These are specifically made to catch regressions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rohcQaH View Post
    Yeah, so will development unhindered by testing procedures. The 180.50 release somehow didn't work on 7xxx cards any more, and nobody noticed before release

    as a nvidia user I always dread upgrading the nvidia-drivers. Regressions are way too common
    So, you mean they released a non final driver for review and use, catch a bug because of it, and then 2 days later release another to fix the bug? THOSE BASTARDS!!!!

    Ooops, wait a minute, isn't that the whole purpose of releasing a pre-release?
    Last edited by deanjo; 04-19-2009 at 09:27 AM.

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    as far as i know fglrx is full of crappy bugs, like that vdrift one i discovered using pts, but nvidia worked fine...

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    NVidia drivers == awsome.
    ATI drivers (open and closed source) == major eye-gouging inducing suckage.

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