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[News] Many More Linux Drivers on the Way, Open Source NVIDIA Driver Status Report

  • Subject: [News] Many More Linux Drivers on the Way, Open Source NVIDIA Driver Status Report
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 29 Oct 2007 09:25:08 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
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Nouveau Companion 29

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| In this edition of the Nouveau Companion, the developers of the open-source 
| 2D/3D NVIDIA display driver talk about IRC color coding, NV04 performance 
| improvements, texture fixes, EXA advancements, register combiners, and more.  


Drivers are being added to the Linux queue (appdarently a new Wiki page):



Kernel Space: State of the Nouveau project

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| While NVidia refuses to release programming information for
| its video chipsets, one ambitious project is reverse
| engineering the hardware to develop open source support.


Nouveau: A First Look

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| So when will the Nouveau driver be ready? The Wiki states that the
| project should be mostly usable in autumn 2007. Keith Packard had
| previously expressed hope that the driver would be ready in time
| for the X.Org 7.3 release. 


NVIDIA Releases Updated 2D "NV" Driver

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| NVIDIA's Aaron Plattner has pushed out a new update for their open-source 
| 2D "nv" driver. 


Linux device driver project needs more unsupported devices to work on!

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| The problem is that even though Kroah-Hartman and his developers are willing 
| to sign NDAs (nondisclosure agreements) for companies that are reluctant to 
| open up their devices to open source, businesses are still hanging 
| back. "What we need now is more companies participating in the project," 
| Kroah-Hartman said.    
| [...]
| He also wondered if the problem of Linux device drivers has been 
| overstated... 


A Vista vs. Linux Matchup

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| Putting aside Apple hardware, where all the software works with
| all the hardware so long as it's all up to the minute, I found
| that MEPIS actually has better hardware support for this PC
| than Vista. 
| [...]
| Adding insult to injury, since DRM protection schemes must
| evolve constantly, to stay ahead of hackers tearing them down,
| I have little doubt that one day you'll come home to find that
| a Vista update to DRM-protection has just locked you out of your
| media collection. You know, the same collection, which had
| worked just fine the day before. Repeat after me: DRM does
| not belong in operating systems. 


Free Linux Driver Development!

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| Yes, that's right, the Linux kernel community is offering all
| companies free Linux driver development. No longer do you have
| to suffer through all of the different examples in the Linux
| Device Driver Kit, or pick through the thousands of example
| drivers in the Linux kernel source tree trying to determine
| which one is the closest to what you need to do.


Linux Hardware Support

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| Here's the problem with that argument: Most hardware does not
| work "Out of the box" in Windows. When people say their hardware
| worked "Out of the box" I don't think they are talking about "Out
| of the blue Windows XP box." What I think they mean is "Out of
| the Dell box."
| [...]
| The catch is that you must buy hardware that is supported by the
| software you intend to run on it. Is this really so unreasonable?
| Would you buy a Sun Spark workstation and try to run Windows on it?


HP all-in-one device works great with Linux

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| Once the ink cartridges have been installed and aligned --
| the unit first prints an alignment page, then scans it to
| check for needed adjustment -- Windows and Mac OS users are
| told to load their respective CDs to install the drivers.
| Linux users can scoff at the intellectual property
| handcuffs imposed on their non-free brothers and sisters
| and simply configure the unit from the friendly confines of their 
| distribution.


The Epson Stylus C88 Printer, works in Linux but not in Windows?

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| Now, I'm confused. I installed Ubuntu on a spare machine
| because my printer started printing all wrong. I just
| completed sharing it with CUPS and Samba and what happens?
| It still prints all wrong from Windows!
| [...]
| Just so you know, I did go back and install the drivers that
| came on the CD-ROM, same problem. I then downloaded the most
| recent drivers from Epson, same problem.


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