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    Default Fallout From NVIDIA 173.08 Driver

    Phoronix: Fallout From NVIDIA 173.08 Driver

    Last week NVIDIA had released the 173.08 display driver for Linux and Solaris operating systems. This driver update had introduced support for new GeForce and Quadro GPUs, experimental X Server 1.5 support, NVIDIA mobile improvements, and a few bug-fixes. Those that have already upgraded to this 173.08 driver are having mixed-feelings over this release...

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

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    I only needed to be quoted once

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    The sad part is that on the last NVidia thread I got ran over by a bunch of rabid NVidia fanboys

    The fact is that they are not dedicating an appropriate amount of resources to the Linux platform, with predictable results given the huge amount of hardware they have to support in their driver. Their only option to stop continuing insulting their customers and tap the community for help [I suppose I should be glad, at least they're not suing the Nouveau folks out of existence ...].

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    Does this 2D regression remind anyone of the recent release with the regression where there was a 100% fan speed bug? How do they not have items like these as blocker bugs for release?

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    I'm not an nVidia fanboy or anything like that, but it seems a bit unfair to blast them like that for what is clearly labeled as a beta release.
    Phoronix' original report about this driver mentioned its being beta, but not very clearly and only at the end of the article. Maybe it should be pointed out again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by onety-three View Post
    I'm not an nVidia fanboy or anything like that, but it seems a bit unfair to blast them like that for what is clearly labeled as a beta release.
    Phoronix' original report about this driver mentioned its being beta, but not very clearly and only at the end of the article. Maybe it should be pointed out again.
    But many people reported the same performance problems with stable drivers too. I've got Geforce 6800 and it's performance in KDE4/GTK is very poor and it's no matter what driver I'm using - always the same

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    just a quick note THESE ARE BETA DRIVERS

    that being said runs fine here, openbox desktop and also great for QuakeWars (GEntoo-64bit here)

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    This is one of the lots of reasons for NEVER using propietary drivers, aka binary blobs.

    Thanks to AMD/ATI we will not suffer that, Nvidia can keep doing hardware for Sony's PS3 and Wintel (gaming) systems but now I prefer the AMD guys. I'm very impatient for having the RadeonHD drivers mature enough and support in sync with their latest available GPUs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Naib View Post
    just a quick note THESE ARE BETA DRIVERS

    that being said runs fine here, openbox desktop and also great for QuakeWars (GEntoo-64bit here)
    Just a quick note: we're talking about 2D performance and in many cases it doesn't matter that these are beta or stable drivers.

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    As said, the driver is not as bad as the sensational style of the article sounds. It works fine on both my 8400m gs and 7300 gs, and I came to know of the problem only after browsing through forums. The bug reports have been taken and the problem has been acknowledged - case over.

    And its way better than the overhyped advertisements for new drivers with support for platinum, dri5 and exxxa that are plagued with regressions . I know a few encouraging words are helpful, but its disappointing after a streak of broken drivers.

    Now if only there is an article with headline that fglrx drivers have agp support problems and video tearing in compiz.

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