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    Default Got Any Questions For NVIDIA About Linux?

    Phoronix: Got Any Questions For NVIDIA About Linux?

    If you have any (non-tech support) questions about NVIDIA and Linux, ask away! Phoronix will be hosting a question and answer session with NVIDIA regarding their Linux graphics driver. If you have any questions to ask, click on the "Comments and Discussion" button below and ask away in our forums...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=NzQ5Nw

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    Default What business are you in?

    I typically think of Nvidia as a hardware company, yet you seem to want to be a software company. Nvidia's business competitors (AMD/ATI, Intel graphics) have left the software portion of the market, and support open source software driver development.

    Which business segment is Nvidia in? If hardware, then why does Nvidia want to spend so much time developing software? Do you see Nvidia supporting the Nouveau drivers at some point over the proprietary drivers?

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    I think it a good idea to release your driver code under a liberal license so it can easily be included in any operating system. It will surely make everyone's life easier. Are there any plans for this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by macemoneta View Post
    I typically think of Nvidia as a hardware company, yet you seem to want to be a software company. Nvidia's business competitors (AMD/ATI, Intel graphics) have left the software portion of the market, and support open source software driver development.
    Intel and AMD have left the software market? Since when? Intel in case you haven't noticed has been aquiring software companies lately (project offset and havoc for example) as well they still have their compiler suites. AMD like wise has been pushing out items like AMD Live. Their closed software is still alive and well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deanjo View Post
    Intel and AMD have left the software market? Since when? Intel in case you haven't noticed has been aquiring software companies lately (project offset and havoc for example) as well they still have their compiler suites. AMD like wise has been pushing out items like AMD Live. Their closed software is still alive and well.
    I guess I need a disclaimer: This discussion is "Questions for Nvidia regarding Linux". The question is asked in that framework. Nvidia, AMD and Intel are large corporations with multiple lines of business. The questions refer only to the their relationship with software development of graphics hardware drivers for Linux.

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    I'm not sure whether or not this has been answered in any definitive way by nVidia, but here is my question for the nVidia guys.

    The Linux kernel has progressed quite steadily recently on some technologies such as GPU memory management and kernel-based graphics mode setting. Does nVidia plan to utilize something like GEM and KMS in upcoming driver releases so features like flicker-free booting is possible?

    I know it would probably take more person-power from nVidia in order to support some of the new technology coming along in the Linux/BSD space as far as kernel features and X.org features. I also know the Linux kernel modules is derived from the Windows driver, since registry keys can be used to change settings within xorg.conf. Isn't the OS X nVidia driver separate from the Windows driver? Since I don't have a mac I don't know how nVidia drivers within OS X.

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    Why is my video card repeatedly freezing and locking up? I've tried gentoo, ubuntu, many different versions of the proprietary driver. And I get graphical corruption, freezes and nvrm Xid messages. I've got a Gigabyte Geforce 260gtx core 216 896mb and I had an 8800gts 320mb the gtx260 is more unstable than the 8800 was. My motherboard is an asus p5q deluxe cpu is an e2220 and I have 4gb of ram. The system appears to pass memory/video memory tests and I have tried everything I can think of to fix it. I have been using linux for 10 years and I have never had this much trouble up until these last two cards. Previously I've owned a TNT2 that had bad ram. A geforce 2mx 400 and a geforce 4 ti 4800se. Oh and under maximum load the highest measured gpu temperature is 59-65C
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    Which situation would be more pleasant for nVidia driver developers--
    20% of the market owned by Apple, or 20% of the market powered by linux?

    What is their time frame for the release of bridge chip documentation (for coreboot)?

    Do they encourage companies like EVGA to include their drivers as .deb files on their install discs? If not, do they realize that Ubuntu has more interest (measured by Google), and probably market share, than all other linux based desktop operating systems combined?

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    why game work under linux slower?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jander99 View Post
    Does nVidia plan to utilize something like GEM and KMS in upcoming driver releases so features like flicker-free booting is possible?
    I think Bridgman answered this one for both of them, to use KMS for output you must give up output control including crap like HDCP. So even if it were useful, which it mostly isn't since Catalyst/nVidia implement their own cross-platform version of things, they couldn't.

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