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[News] Pressure Mounting for NVIDIA to Free the Specs with Almost 10,000 Sigs

OpenTheBlob.com Gets 9,000 Signatures

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| When OpenTheBlob.com started in late February, within one week of its launch 
| it already had 5,000 signatures and days later it passed the 6,000 and 7,000 
| marks too. This letter was an open letter to NVIDIA looking for more 
| information on their open-source strategy. While things have slowed down, 
| this past week it crossed the point of having 9,000 signatures!     


It's bound to happen. They are still wondering what move to make and how.

NVIDIA is used _a lot_ on GNU/Linux, especially in the production and
high-processing industry, even NASA. It's not just home users.


Confidence In An Open NVIDIA Strategy?

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| While NVIDIA has yet to publicize their intentions nor have we been able to 
| get anyone at NVIDIA to confirm any of this information, something does 
| definitely appear to be going on within their Santa Clara offices in regards 
| to an improved Linux state. A seasoned industry insider had reaffirmed the 
| information this week.     
| [...]
| For more on the current state of open-source and binary Linux graphics 
| drivers, check out these articles. If you're inclined to do more, you can 
| check out OpenTheBlob.com, which has been talked about before for the open 
| letter to NVIDIA and most recently has been emailing NVIDIA AIB/OEM partners   


OpenTheBlob.com - An Open Letter To NVIDIA

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| We the GNU/Linux community and the undersigned, kindly request that you, 
| NVIDIA Corporation, increase your efforts in better enabling the open-source 
| community to develop free software drivers for your graphics hardware. Your 
| major competitors in this market, AMD/ATI and Intel, have not only supported 
| the community in open-source driver development efforts but they are now 
| openly releasing hardware programming documentation.     


NVIDIA Workstation Performance: Windows vs. Linux vs. Solaris

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| Ubuntu 8.04 Alpha 5 with the 169.12 driver had overall produced the fastest 
| results within SPECViewPerf. In only three benchmarks had Solaris Express 
| Developer 1/08 outpaced Ubuntu Linux, but with two of these tests the results 
| were almost identical. These three tests were Maya (maya-02), UGS NX 
| (ugnx-01), and UGS Teamcenter Visualization Mockup (tcvis-01). In the rest of 
| the OpenGL tests, Solaris Express and Windows Vista were fighting for second 
| place. In six out of the nine tests, Windows Vista was in last place. For 
| those interested in NVIDIA's Quadro series for CUDA (Compute Unified Device 
| Architecture; NVIDIA's GPGPU implementation), this technology is supported in 
| NVIDIA's binary Linux driver.         


Hollywood, Linux, and CinePaint at FOSDEM 2008

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| At first, studios had no choice but to develop Linux applications in house. 
| The film industry has millions of lines of Linux code, both desktop 
| applications and server pipelines. Studio Linux programmers write code in 
| C++, Python, Perl, and Java. What does all this secret proprietary Linux code 
| do? And, why do they do parallel programming with grid computing? How does 
| the film industry use renderfarms with thousands of CPUs?     


DreamWorks wins an award for its innovative use of Linux

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| Behind that effort sits Ed Leonard, chief technology officer at DreamWorks, 
| who has been recognized for his work with an Annie Award for "promoting the 
| Linux open system for animation in animation studios and gaming software 
| development."   


Linux Goes Hollywood With New Terra Soft Film Rendering Tool

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| Y-Film is a product formed from two separate applications. The first is a 
| cluster construction suite supported by Terra Soft's Y-HPC platform. The 
| second is the Artist Productivity and Asset Management Tools developed by 
| Scott Frankel, president and VFX supervisor at Circle-S Studios and the lead 
| developer of Y-Film. The tool set runs on x86 Linux, Power Linux and Mac OS 
| X.     


Linux in Hollywood


Studios Using Linux

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|     * Digital Domain
|     * Disney
|     * Double Negative
|     * DreamWorks Animation
|     * Flash Film Works
|     * Hammerhead
|     * Industrial Light & Magic
|     * Moving Picture Company
|     * Pixar
|     * Rhythm & Hues
|     * Sony Pictures
|     * Tippett
|     * Weta Digital 


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| "Linux is the default operating [system] on desktops and servers at major
| animation and visual effects studios, with maybe 98 percent [or more]
| penetration," CinePaint Project Manager Robin Rowe told LinuxInsider.


PhysX For CUDA, Linux Support A Given?

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| CUDA has been supported under Linux from the start with their graphics driver 
| now bundling the CUDA driver and version 1.1 of the CUDA Toolkit being 
| supported under Fedora 7, RHEL 3/4/5, SLED 10, OpenSuSE 10, and Ubuntu 7.04 
| (binary downloads).    


Is NVIDIA Buying AGEIA Good For Linux?

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| Though with this afternoon's announcement of NVIDIA acquiring AGEIA, we 
| wonder how this could impact the level of PhysX support for Linux. As NVIDIA 
| actively supports a binary driver for their GeForce and Quadro products, we'd 
| hope that once these GeForce+PhysX graphics cards are introduced we will find 
| support within the NVIDIA Linux driver. We also hope the future bundling of 
| PhysX IP into NVIDIA's GPUs won't hamper their rumored open-source strategy.      


NVIDIA Plotting Open-Source Strategy?

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| According to an AIB partner, NVIDIA is planning an open-source counterattack 
| against ATI/AMD.  


Interview: The driver behind NASA's Mars Rovers

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| It all runs on a collection of high-end Linux boxes -- nice systems, but 
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| commodity PC hardware. Since 3-D visualisation is a big part of the job, the 
| Linux boxes sport bonzer NVIDIA graphics cards.  
| ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^


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