Nouveau News Archives
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.
22 March 2012 - Nouveau Driver - 26 Comments
While it's not often these days that there's worthwhile changes to talk about in an X.Org DDX driver, happening within the Nouveau driver camp in recent weeks has been some improvements to this open-source NVIDIA driver's buffer swap implementation and time-stamping.
2 March 2012 - Patches - 2 Comments
Last week I posted an image quality comparison of the Radeon Gallium3D driver versus AMD's Catalyst Linux driver to highlight some visual differences between the open and closed-source Radeon graphics drivers. Now here's a look between the Nouveau Gallium3D driver and NVIDIA's proprietary Linux graphics driver.
21 February 2012 - Continuing On - 22 Comments
For those wondering what the Nouveau project has been up to with their open-source NVIDIA efforts via reverse-engineering besides the working OpenCL support, they have been setting their eyes on video decoding and other areas.
8 February 2012 - Open-Source NVIDIA - 14 Comments
There's another big accomplishment within the open-source graphics camp: Nouveau developers now having an initial working OpenCL implementation for NVIDIA GeForce graphics hardware on the driver that the Linux community developed themselves via reverse-engineering without NVIDIA's support.
6 February 2012 - Finally - 10 Comments
Committed to the kernel repository for the open-source Nouveau driver for providing reverse-engineered NVIDIA hardware is now the initial GPU core/memory re-clocking support.
28 January 2012 - Nouveau - 5 Comments
While Nouveau for open-source NVIDIA support in Mesa 8.0 is mixed, the developers behind this reverse-engineered NVIDIA driver are making some progress and hope to have more positive information to report soon.
24 January 2012 - Nouveau - 1 Comment
David Airlie filed a second DRM pull request over the night for the Linux 3.3 kernel. This second pull has work related to NVIDIA Optimus technology within the Nouveau driver.
13 January 2012 - Nouveau Patches - 13 Comments
Last week there were a number of commits to the Nouveau DRM kernel tree by Red Hat's Ben Skeggs, several of these commits bring interesting new features and support.
19 December 2011 - Nouveau Fun - 3 Comments
After reading yesterday's the state of Radeon power management article, for those wondering about the Nouveau driver power management, here's a brief update.
8 December 2011 - Being Worked On - 7 Comments
One year after the Radeon and Intel drivers supported precise vblank timestamps, there's a new patch for enabling this support in the open-source NVIDIA (Nouveau) driver.
24 November 2011 - vBlank - 2 Comments
Ben Skeggs, the Red Hat employee who has been prolific in contributing towards the Nouveau driver project, is in need of some help from NVIDIA laptop owners. If you have a NVIDIA laptop, even the troublesome Optimus laptops, he has a simple chore for you in order to improve Nouveau's support for MXM.
7 October 2011 - Mobile PCI-E
After presenting this week at XDC2011 Chicago about TimeGraph, an open-source GPU command scheduler, and PathScale's GPGPU run-tiume, Shinpei Kato has now taken to the Nouveau list with his proposal.
16 September 2011 - Proposed
Martin Peres provided a status update on the Nouveau driver during XDC2011 Chicago. Ben Skeggs, who's employed by Red Hat Australia to work on this open-source NVIDIA driver, was also in attendance at this development conference. Here's some of the key points in terms of future work.
15 September 2011 - Power Management - 1 Comment
PathScale, the company that developes the EKOPath 4 compiler and provided the *BSDs with a new run-time, is also the company behind the PSCNV driver. The PSCNV driver is the open-source NVIDIA driver that's forked from the Nouveau code and is focused on delivering maximum performance and to provide compute support. While the code isn't available at this time, it appears they have succeeded in having a working GPGPU compute abstration layer (CAL) that's independent of NVIDIA's binary driver.
14 September 2011 - News - 10 Comments
At long last, if your computer has previously sounded like a jet engine when using the open-source Nouveau driver with your NVIDIA GeForce/Quadro graphics card, there is a solution. Fan management code has now been published by the Nouveau developers to support controlling the graphics card's fan speed when using this in-kernel Linux driver.
29 August 2011 - Finally - 13 Comments
While recently there was the merging of Mesa pipe-video to master. most of the recent video decoding work going on within the Gallium3D world has been into the ATI/AMD R600 Gallium3D driver for XvMC and now VDPAU support too. This is after the R300 support matured a fair amount, but the first one to the Gallium3D video decoding party was Nouveau. Worked on several years ago as part of the Google Summer of Code was Nouveau Gallium3D video coding. Fortunately, some of this work has been resurrected.
30 July 2011 - Working - 1 Comment
Within the Nouveau kernel module there's been reverse-engineered kernel mode-setting support for NVIDIA's Fermi GPUs (the GeForce 400/500 series) since last summer. Earlier this year, Nouveau Fermi acceleration support was added with the necessary kernel DRM bits, to the Nouveau X.Org driver for EXA/X-Video acceleration, and a respective Gallium3D Mesa driver.
25 May 2011 - Fermi Hoorah - 10 Comments
While the Nouveau driver developers have a huge disadvantage compared to the open-source Intel and AMD Radeon Linux drivers in that they need to reverse-engineer NVIDIA's binary driver at the same time as writing the open-source code and they have no form of support at all from NVIDIA Corp, their efforts can be applauded. They've been quick to bring up support for new hardware, including Gallium3D support for Fermi already, but one area where the Nouveau driver has been slow to mature is with power management and safe re-clocking support. Fortunately, that may finally be changing.
28 April 2011 - Safer, More Stable? - 4 Comments
Yesterday we reported on the Gallium3D VDPAU state tracker being worked on more by Christian König now that the XvMC state tracker for the Gallium3D driver architecture is largely complete. Christian's been focusing on bringing up the XvMC/VDPAU state trackers up on the R600g driver for the Radeon HD 2000 series GPUs and newer, but how's the code working on other Gallium3D drivers?
27 April 2011 - Sort Of - 9 Comments
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