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    Default NVIDIA Loses Huge GPU Order Due To Linux Blob

    Phoronix: NVIDIA Loses Huge GPU Order Due To Linux Blob

    NVIDIA has lost an order of at least ten million graphics cards because their GeForce/Quadro driver is closed-source...

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

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    Default Great!

    As an owner of a Nvidia card, I think this is great!

    Hopefully this will be an eye opener for Nvidia.
    Hopefully this will get stock holders to bitch at the management about stupid business decisions.

    Hopefully AMD now puts more developers and more focus on their open source graphics device driver.
    Hopefully we get more contributers to the open source AMD device driver from China, maybe the Chinese government and/or schools.

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    If this is indeed true and confirmed, that's awesome.

    Ten million graphics cards? I guess they don't do anything small in communist China...

    Also it's absolutely awesome that they designed their own CPU and will be using the AMD open drivers on Linux/Xorg. That's a gigantic boost in our userbase that should make everyone generally more aware of the open source graphics drivers (but especially in the Far East).

    I wonder if they implemented some kind of spyware into the hardware of their MIPS chips China may be pro open-source, but they're definitely not pro-freedom and are very tough on people who criticize their government, whether or not they intend to act against the government or just whine and complain.

    Anyway, fuck you, Nvidia. I own graphics parts from all three vendors (all the mentioned chips are in operational systems somewhere within my immediate family's use):

    • Intel 945GM in laptop
    • Intel 965GM in laptop
    • Intel 3770K Ivy Bridge in desktop
    • Intel 3820QM Ivy Bridge in laptop
    • AMD Radeon HD5970 in desktop
    • AMD Radeon HD7970 in desktop
    • Nvidia GeForce 9800GT in desktop
    • Nvidia NVS 5400M in laptop


    Out of all those parts, the best for running Linux with an untainted kernel are the two Ivy Bridge CPUs and the Radeon HD5970. Even with a tainted kernel the Nvidia binary runs like crap for me; the 2d rendering performance is awful, no KMS, inordinate maintenance burden when upgrading system, and it chews through a lot of power. That's not to say I prefer AMD fglrx over it, though

    I think I'm going to include the phrase "fuck you, Nvidia" in every single post I write on Phoronix from now on.

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    Default Very interesting news,

    Thank you!

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    Nearly a half billion dollars in AMD cards to run on Linux. That's going to buy and attract a lot of love for AMD open-source. I can't wait for this deal to kick off so that I may see the hail storm of improvements from AMD and the community.

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    I don't know if it's related but recently there were some patches posted to
    make radeon usable for Loongson (MIPS) . Coming from some Chinese guys
    using a lemote.com email address.

    Anyhow if this is true, surely AMD can use some of that extra revenue to
    hire a few more full-time developers to make radeon really kick ass.

    No more excuses! I suggest they start with hiring Marek and Vadim.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnonymousCoward View Post
    I don't know if it's related but recently there were some patches posted to
    make radeon usable for Loongson (MIPS) . Coming from some Chinese guys
    using a lemote.com email address.
    Loongson use Radeon IGP at least for 1.5 years.

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    It's not that big a win if it's a one-time affair. Those ten million GPUs will need support and currently neither AMD nor Nvidia have any dedicated resources for MIPS or ARM.
    Also, keep in mind this is China we're talking about. Most likely they don't care much about the card, they just want the specs of the GPU so they can make a chinese version. But that's just speculation on my part.

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    Quote Originally Posted by allquixotic View Post
    Ten million graphics cards? I guess they don't do anything small in communist China...
    China is capitalist. It's a pretty bad dictatorship, but still capitalist. AFAIK, there are no communist countries left on the planet right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RealNC View Post
    China is capitalist. It's a pretty bad dictatorship, but still capitalist. AFAIK, there are no communist countries left on the planet right now.
    There's way too many anti-capitalists looking at China as "the future"(in a positive way), for China to be capitalist.

    It's still communist.

    Sad thing is, most people don't know what communism is anymore, or why it's so dangerous.

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