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    Default NVIDIA Announces New Legacy Linux Support

    Phoronix: NVIDIA Announces New Legacy Linux Support

    NVIDIA has announced today the graphics cards that are no longer supported by their mainline Linux graphics driver going forward but will be moved to a new 304.xx Linux legacy driver branch...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTE4MTM

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    Besides the Blob vs. Open Source driver discussion no one can say that Nvidia does nothing to support their customers.

    But some things that I think that are needed are KMS support and offical support from Nvidia and may be from some of ther OEMs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thaodan View Post
    Besides the Blob vs. Open Source driver discussion no one can say that Nvidia does nothing to support their customers.
    That's an interesting response to news about nvidia *dropping* support for a bunch of hardware.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roland View Post
    That's an interesting response to news about nvidia *dropping* support for a bunch of hardware.
    It's not dropping support. Dropping support means actually dropping support, you know?
    Branching so they can more easily refactor and maintain newer code is not dropping, if they do keep bugfixing and updating for newer X.org releases on the branch.

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    People keep saying that nvidia's binary blob supports hardware much longer than AMD's binary blob.. I'd like to see it all written down in a table somewhere by GeForce series, AMD series, and the last version of X.org supported.

    I think I'll start working on a table this afternoon.. Is there a good Wiki to put such a table?

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    Too bad 304.xx makes me system randomly freeze solid.
    Still running 295.xx here, my opinion based on personal experience is 295.xx is the series they should've picked for the next legacy branch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sidicas View Post
    People keep saying that nvidia's binary blob supports hardware much longer than AMD's binary blob.. I'd like to see it all written down in a table somewhere by GeForce series, AMD series, and the last version of X.org supported.

    I think I'll start working on a table this afternoon.. Is there a good Wiki to put such a table?
    I hope you don't mean me, because I didn't compare anything. I've got no preference over the two of them, and I like to use the open source drivers on both, so I can't care less about what cards are supported through the blobs. I just corrected an incorrect statement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sidicas View Post
    I think I'll start working on a table this afternoon.. Is there a good Wiki to put such a table?
    Google Docs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by roland View Post
    That's an interesting response to news about nvidia *dropping* support for a bunch of hardware.
    Actually nvidia is doing the sanest thing possible by not bloating drivers for old cards with features they don't support anyway, while also keeping legacy code out of newer drivers

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    I now actually read the full announcement. The 304 branch will be supported until the end of 2017! That's a helluva long time. I was thinking two years tops. Five years, that's quite a commitment.

    The 173 branch will be supported until the end of 2013. That's not nearly as much, but still cool.

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