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    Default What Do You Want From Linux GPU Drivers In 2010?

    Phoronix: What Do You Want From Linux GPU Drivers In 2010?

    Where there are the 2009 Linux Graphics Survey results from a few months back, we are interested in hearing what you would like from Linux graphics drivers in 2010. Whether it be specific features, overall improvements, a change in policies, or anything else that influences your Linux graphics experience.In terms of 3D, on the open-source side there is Gallium3D coming and other core Mesa improvements that we have been talking about as of late, but what about with ATI/AMD and NVIDIA with their binary drivers? Both companies will be introducing new features in their binary Linux drivers in 2010, but what do you hope they provide?Let us know...

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    Four simple things (in order of priority):

    0. Open specs for nvidia cards (and working nouveau)
    1. OpenGL 3.x
    2. Power management
    3. Video decode acceleration


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    Complete R600/R700 Gallium 3D driver.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackStar View Post
    Four simple things (in order of priority):

    Open specs for nvidia cards (and REALLY working nouveau)
    Power management

    Just this and nothing else.

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    OpenGL 3.x and video decode acceleration.

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    The only thing I really want is the open source drivers to get their ass in gear with openCL support so that the multimedia programmers have motivation to get gpu assisted encoding going in linux. It's so sad to use a open API you really have to use a closed system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deanjo View Post
    The only thing I really want is the open source drivers to get their ass in gear with openCL support so that the multimedia programmers have motivation to get gpu assisted encoding going in linux. It's so sad to use a open API you really have to use a closed system.
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    ATI can dump their binary blob as the open source ATI driver is rapidly moving towards blissful endings.
    Nvidia better keep working on that sucker cause there is going to be problems that reverse engineers just can't ever get around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deanjo View Post
    The only thing I really want is the open source drivers to get their ass in gear with openCL support so that the multimedia programmers have motivation to get gpu assisted encoding going in linux. It's so sad to use a open API you really have to use a closed system.
    Considering the x264 developers don't care at all about GPU encoding (none of the core developers are working it- it's been judged too much effort for too little return, and none of the folks who've popped up to say they would work on it have ever shown anything), I'm kind of curious if you'd use the GPU for other codecs.

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    BlackStar: do you know what Nvidia specs actually would be useful?


    I do not care about closed course driver. On open source IMO there is not so much to discuss. I believe community mostly miss following:

    [ATI]
    1) Finish power management (avoid corruptions)
    2) Port R7xx HDMI fix from radeonhd to KMS
    3) Use IRQs for HDMI audio
    4) Fix some r600 little bugs
    5) Start working on r600g
    6) Finish r300g
    7) Publish (?) r8xx 2D support
    8) 3D for r8xx

    [Nvidia]
    1) Fix bugs in NV50 3D
    2) Improve 3D on older chipsets
    3) Power management

    [Gallium]
    1) Accelerate H264 decoding
    Last edited by Zajec; 01-21-2010 at 10:00 AM.

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