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Re: Could tthere be an update iso distribution

On Thu, 16 Mar 2006, Jonathan Berry wrote:

On 3/16/06, sean <seanlkml sympatico ca> wrote:
On Thu, 16 Mar 2006 17:05:59 +0100
Klaasjan Brand <fedora kjb dds nl> wrote:

Maybe at last someone will reverse engineer the nvidia hardware and
build an open source driver? :)

Just to be clear, there already is a perfectly good open source

Umm, the nv driver is far from being "perfectly good," sorry.  Most of
the time it works for 2D, yes.  As you mention below, it does not
support 3D at all.  Also, for me, the nv driver does not even support
simple 2D OpenGL programs for some reason.  Especially right now
OpenGL support is essential since I am taking a class that involves
writing OpenGL programs.

It is also a pain having some programs not run at all or function weirdly due to lack of OpenGL support.

nvidia driver that should be used by the _vast_ majority of people
saddled with nvidia hardware.   Only those playing 3d games under
Linux or driving multiple displays need to even consider the

Consider?  No, they *must* use the nvidia driver in those cases.
There is nothing to consider.

There is a lot more than just games that use OpenGL. 3d modeling needs it. Anything that needs to display 3d or 2d graphics quickly. Does the nv driver even support hardware acceleration?

proprietary driver.   Way too many people end up installing the
binary albatross just for everyday desktop use, which is nuts.

That may be true, but when I spend a not insignificant amount of money
on a nice video card, I expect to be able to use all of the
functionality.  At least nVidia does a decent job of supporting their
hardware and providing Linux drivers that most of the time work (and
usually work *very* well).  That cannot  be said of some other video
chipset manufacturers...

*cough* *cough* *ATI* *cough*

Actually it is not nuts to run it on a regular desktop. People want hardware acceleration. They want eye candy. They want it fast.

Take a look at the Kororaa live CD and you will see what can be done when you have hardware acceleration and OpenGL. One of the reasons that Windows seems much more responsive is that they have access to hardware acceleration and use it when possible in their video drivers. X does not. Not because they can't, but because most hardware acceleration methods require a proprietary driver.


It may not be good situation, but it is the situation we are in.

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