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The Nouveau developers have once again put out another bi-weekly edition of their newsletter that updates everyone on the state of the open-source 3D NVIDIA display driver. Covered in the 18th edition of the Nouveau Companion are status updates on Google's Summer of Code, Nouveau pledge, and the current 2D/3D driver status. Google hadn't provided any slots for Nouveau to have Computer Science students help out on this project over the summer, but X.Org has announced their "Vacation of Code". The Nouveau-related projects for this "Vacation of Code" is Xv support for Nouveau along with creating a new algorithm for the S3TC texture compression. The funds generated from the Nouveau pledge still aren't in the hands of the developers due to tax reasons. Some of the recent driver changes mentioned in this Wiki newsletter are renouveau improvements, a script for reporting information when Nouveau crashes, and an attempt at porting Nouveau to *BSD. Due to BSD lagging behind Linux when it comes to the DRM, porting Nouveau to *BSD has stopped. There have also been a few RandR 1.2 changes for the Nouveau drivers this month.