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    Default Free NVIDIA Fermi Cards To Open-Source Developers

    Phoronix: Free NVIDIA Fermi Cards To Open-Source Developers

    Prior to launching their next-generation graphics processors, NVIDIA dropped their obfuscated open-source driver and have said they will not provide any open-source support at all for their GeForce GTX 400 "Fermi" series as they just recommended their customers use the X.Org VESA driver until they can install the official binary Linux driver. However, the community developers working on the Nouveau driver project still plan to support the GeForce GTX 470/480 graphics cards via clean-room reverse engineering. Today their efforts might be helped thanks to a hardware sponsorship...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=ODE4Mg

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    ...as the Mesa/Gallium3D stack is still trying to catch-up to the OpenGL 3.0/3.1/3.2 specifications.
    And I hope OpenGL 3.3 too.
    Also, I hope PathScale won't be handing out free video-cards to anyone who claims he's a open-source (GPU) developer without checking that info first as otherwise the freeloaders would be the first to benefit.

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    The offer clearly states:

    If you're interested please contact me offlist with a brief description
    of your background, the contributions you made to open source and what
    you'd intend to do with the card.
    so I doubt there's any risk of freeloaders.

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    Given the power consumption of those horrid monsters, you can NOT call this "free". Those beasts will run you broke just in electricity costs!

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    Quote Originally Posted by droidhacker View Post
    Given the power consumption of those horrid monsters, you can NOT call this "free". Those beasts will run you broke just in electricity costs!
    Absolutely true

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    What I don´t get is why people are working so hard to make a opensource driver against Nvidias will. Let´s unite and lets buy all AMD cards instead and consentrate development of that driver with no support from Nvidia. If there is a very good free driver for amd hardware, Nvidia gets more under pressure with the last few flopping series of there cards they are under heavy presure at the moment, somedays they can not ignore 1-5% of the market like they did till now.

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    This is quite a shame for NVIDIA. They don't want to deliver open source drivers? Ok..... but they sure can send free cards to the nouveau developers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bulletxt View Post
    This is quite a shame for NVIDIA. They don't want to deliver open source drivers? Ok..... but they sure can send free cards to the nouveau developers.
    And along with the hands off approach including not providing any assistance nor hindering the project nVidia is going to be on the short end of the stick.

    At least PathScale is doing a service helping out the nouveau developers with this project

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeepDayze View Post
    And along with the hands off approach including not providing any assistance nor hindering the project nVidia is going to be on the short end of the stick.

    At least PathScale is doing a service helping out the nouveau developers with this project
    Must be PathScale sees open Linux drivers as beneficial to them even though nVidia themselves do not. Companies rarely do charity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nanonyme View Post
    Must be PathScale sees open Linux drivers as beneficial to them even though nVidia themselves do not. Companies rarely do charity.
    Agree...and perhaps this is a signal to nvidia to be a little more open if they want to keep their market share

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