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    Default Nouveau Project Has Huge Surprises Today

    Phoronix: Nouveau Project Has Huge Surprises Today

    The reverse-engineered Nouveau driver project has two huge surprises to share with the NVIDIA-using Linux desktop community today. One announcement concerns new hardware enablement (Kepler!) and the other concerns the Nouveau driver's position within the Linux kernel...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTA3NTM

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    its not just that one commit of 50 or so lines, Ben has been adding changes to support Kepler modesetting for a while. Since the chips modesetting is close to the NVD9, he's been pushing the changes to cover both d9 and Kepler for a while now.

    and no NVIDIA have not changed their stance, they have neither helped nor hindered.

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    Not to mention 680 seems to be running circles around 7970 and costs $50 less.
    A(nother) sad day for AMD.

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    I wouldn't be surprised to learn that RedHat has struck an agreement with NVIDIA, and NVIDIA clandestinely supplies RedHat with its GPUs.

    It makes sense for NVIDIA - they don't have to open their GPUs programming interface and at the same time they still somehow help the open source movement.
    Last edited by birdie; 03-22-2012 at 01:51 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by birdie View Post
    I wouldn't be surprised to learn that RedHat has struck an agreement with NVIDIA, and NVIDIA clandestinely spupplies RedHat with its GPUs.

    It makes sense for NVIDIA - they don't have to open their GPUs programming interface and at the same time they still somehow help the open source movement.
    airlied just said it wasn't the case (a few comments above) and I can say it isn't the case too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by birdie View Post
    I wouldn't be surprised to learn that RedHat has struck an agreement with NVIDIA, and NVIDIA clandestinely spupplies RedHat with its GPUs.

    It makes sense for NVIDIA - they don't have to open their GPUs programming interface and at the same time they still somehow help the open source movement.
    It would surprise those of us who for Red Hat though.

    Dave.

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    Quote Originally Posted by airlied View Post
    It would surprise those of us who for Red Hat though.

    Dave.
    So the mystery remains, how RedHat employees managed to obtain GTX680 before its official announcement? ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by birdie View Post
    So the mystery remains, how RedHat employees managed to obtain GTX680 before its official announcement? ;-)
    It's probably one of nvidia's hardware manufacturing partners who sent in an engineering sample.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phoronix View Post
    There's also another potentially interesting development within the Nouveau camp. On IRC, a NVIDIA employee was actively recruiting Nouveau developers to try to join the company.
    Note that if that happens, the developers would most probably not be allowed to work on Nouveau anymore. So this isn't a good thing.

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    I rather think nvidia has a secret for the OSS world, as there's yet another mystery, namely the early arrival of the first Kepler code. The two events are probably connected.

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