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    Default NVIDIA Pre-Releases A New Linux Driver

    Phoronix: NVIDIA Pre-Releases A New Linux Driver

    The NVIDIA crew working on their proprietary Linux driver have just pre-released a new build, NVIDIA 270.41.03. This Linux driver update mainly adds support for a number of new GeForce / Quadro GPUs...

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

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    Awesome, I hope my XPS 15 will be able to run Linux now

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    says that WebM may soon be coming to VDPAU as part of this new feature-set.
    Nothing confirmed yet, just a gut feeling. Still waiting to get some official word back.

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    The only other change in this 270.41.03 build compared to the last 270.30 Linux driver is fixing a bug that would cause the X.Org Server to hang every 49.7 days on 32-bit systems.
    Sounds suspiciously like a 32bit int overflowing..

    49.7 days = 4,294,080 seconds.. 32bit ints (unsigned) overflow at 4,294,967,296 .. right? Maybe it's a nanosecond counter that overflowed.. though that might be 14 hours out *shrug* Still interesting..

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    Quote Originally Posted by lem79 View Post
    Sounds suspiciously like a 32bit int overflowing..

    49.7 days = 4,294,080 seconds.. 32bit ints (unsigned) overflow at 4,294,967,296 .. right? Maybe it's a nanosecond counter that overflowed.. though that might be 14 hours out *shrug* Still interesting..
    Make that a millisecond counter and you got it

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    49.7 day resets and/or problems are surprisingly common, particularly with older game servers (used to see it crop up in game changelogs from time to time).
    Clock counter overflows - just when you think you have them handled, one more issue pops up!

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    haha, thanks ldesnogu .. yes, milliseconds indeed. I confused milliseconds with centiseconds so my brain defaulted to the next in line, nanoseconds :P without any data integrity checks..

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    Quote Originally Posted by EarthMind View Post
    Awesome, I hope my XPS 15 will be able to run Linux now
    lolno. x, mesa, intel, etc all need to overhauled before that happens. an nvidia binary can't do that.

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    XPS 15 has NVIDIA hardware in it, at least the newer ones.

    It was one of the machines I was considering before I went with an ASUS G73jW-XR1. Friendly advice: don't ever, ever buy the ASUS. Complete nightmare with barely functional hardware (in Windows; stable Linux support is still a distant dream), and during RMA repairs ASUS failed to fix a single one out of 7 distinct problems it was sent in for, stole the network card I had installed by the reseller, and then didn't bother to package the machine up properly in the slightest for return shipping so it got damaged. ASUS is just horrible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LLStarks View Post
    lolno. x, mesa, intel, etc all need to overhauled before that happens. an nvidia binary can't do that.
    I have no knowledge of the technical parts but this Nvidia driver should make it possible to use my GT 525M under Linux, or not? Or is support for Optimus essential?

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