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[News] Nouveau Officially Going Into Linux Kernel Space, DRBD Too

  • Subject: [News] Nouveau Officially Going Into Linux Kernel Space, DRBD Too
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 11 Dec 2009 18:10:52 +0000
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Nouveau To Go Into Linux 2.6.33 Kernel!

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| Wow, the day has come, open-source fans with 
| NVIDIA hardware that run Linux have quite the 
| present this holiday season. Yesterday there 
| was the first DRM pull request for the Linux 
| 2.6.33 kernel that brought many changes to the 
| ATI/AMD and Intel DRM along with other core DRM 
| improvements (such as to the TTM memory 
| manager). These changes were quite significant 
| and we even called it a great present in the 
| Linux 2.6.33 kernel.
| These DRM changes were accepted, but Linus 
| Torvalds went off on a bit of rant wanting 
| Nouveau merged into the kernel. A discussion 
| ensued and after blaming Nouveau's lack of 
| upstreaming on wanting the kernel/user-space 
| API to potentially change in the future and 
| then with Red Hat disclosing the Nouveau 
| microcode problem that seemed to be pretty 
| much that and we had not expected any 
| immediate activity on the matter. 


Linus Torvalds Accepts DRBD into Linux Kernel

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| Linus Torvalds, lead developer of the Linux 
| kernel community, has merged DRBD, an open 
| source data replication solution, into Linux as 
| a fully supported component. After exactly 10 
| years of ongoing development work - software 
| developer Phil Reisner wrote the first line of 
| code on December 8, 1999 - Torvalds' 
| acknowledgment means DRBD has become a fixture 
| on the storage market.



Linus Wants Nouveau Merged Into Kernel

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| This morning the first DRM pull request went
| in for the Linux 2.6.33 kernel that brings
| many nice graphics changes for Intel,
| ATI/AMD, and VMware users. Anything for
| NVIDIA hardware through Novueau was not
| mentioned as there is no readied support, but
| as we stated in our article this morning, its
| unlikely to see Nouveau's DRM in the mainline
| kernel before the Linux 2.6.34 kernel. This
| is even though Fedora has been shipping
| Nouveau support for a few releases now and
| even Canonical is pulling in Nouveau KMS
| support for Ubuntu 10.04.


Part 2 Of Nouveau Saga: The Microcode

,----[ Quote ]
| Following a feature-packed DRM pull request
| this morning for the Linux 2.6.33 kernel,
| Linus Torvalds became frustrated that the
| Nouveau driver for supporting NVIDIA hardware
| was still not to be found in this most recent
| pull request. Linus wants Nouveau in the
| mainline kernel especially as Red Hat has
| already been shipping this free software
| driver in Fedora for two releases.


Nouveau Companion 41

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| Just in time for the holidays is a new Nouveau Companion newsletter to update
| the community on the status of this open-source 2D/3D NVIDIA driver that is
| written by clean room reverse-engineering of NVIDIA's binary driver. It has
| been a while since Nouveau Companion 40, but there is still active work going
| into this X.Org driver. Among the topics covered in the 41st edition of the
| Nouveau Companion is kernel mode-setting, Gallium3D, layering GEM on top of
| TTM (similar to the GEM-ified TTM Radeon driver), and thermal monitoring code
| for the Nouveau driver.
| Well, I bet most of you did not expect me to show up shortly before the end
| of the year with yet another TiNDC. There has been some turmoil regarding my
| job. At first it was too much work followed by a somewhat unexpected folding
| of the company. So I had to find a new job, which is why I never turned up
| for quite some time.


Ubuntu 9.04 To Get Nouveau Driver

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| The Nouveau driver has been in development for several years now but with
| limited developers that are reverse-engineering NVIDIA's GPUs and there being
| no public documentation or support from NVIDIA, it has taken quite a while to
| come up with a reputable open-source driver that supports all of NVIDIA's
| hardware. Nouveau still doesn't have a stable released version of its 2D DDX
| or Mesa 3D driver, but development snapshots of it have appeared in Fedora
| and a few other distributions. With the release of Ubuntu 9.04 next April, a
| packaged version of Nouveau will finally appear in Ubuntu's repositories.



Nouveau Companion 37

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| In the thirty-seventh edition of the Nouveau Companion, the topics covered
| largely come down to Gallium3D, the status of the Nouveau driver for each of
| the NVIDIA product families (primarily the GeForce 8 series), and of interest
| is that RandR 1.2 should soon be enabled by default for this
| reverse-engineered open-source 2D/3D NVIDIA driver.


Nouveau: glxgears on NV4x

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| The exciting announcement, however, is word that the 3D driver is
| functioning with NV4x hardware and glxgears is now running. However,
| glxgears still has issues with pre-NV4x hardware. With glxgears now
| reported to function on NV4x hardware with Nouveau, we could not
| help but to try this. We had built everything from git on January
| 28, 2006, and yes, glxgears was running! The GPU was a NVIDIA
| GeForce 6150 and the Linux distribution used was Fedora Core 6.

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