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[News] Graphics Stack in Linux Getting a Lot Easier, Freer

  • Subject: [News] Graphics Stack in Linux Getting a Lot Easier, Freer
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 31 Dec 2009 10:26:32 +0000
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The abrupt merging of Nouveau

,----[ Quote ]
| The merge window is normally a bit of a hectic 
| time for subsystem maintainers. They have two 
| weeks in which to pull together a well-formed 
| tree containing all of the changes destined for 
| the next kernel development cycle. 
| Occasionally, though, last-minute snags can 
| make the merge window even more busy than 
| usual. The unexpected merging of the Nouveau 
| driver is the result of one such snag - but it 
| is a story with a happy ending for all. 


Open Source in 2010: Nine Predictions

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| Users have been waiting a long time for open 
| source video drivers that match proprietary 
| ones feature for feature. But by the end of 
| next year they may actually arrive. Intel 
| drivers are already solid, and are used on 
| about twenty-five percent of open source 
| computers.
| However, the Linux 2.6.33 kernel is supposed to 
| include increased support for both ATI and 
| NVIDIA cards, so major improvements are a 
| certainty by the end of next year. At the very 
| least, if features are still missing, they 
| should be come by mid-2011. 



Nouveau To Go Into Linux 2.6.33 Kernel!

,----[ Quote ]
| 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.


Nouveau: A 2.6.33 Surprise

,----[ Quote ]
| Linus has released the 2.6.33-rc1 prepatch,
| closing the merge window for this development
| cycle. This kernel has a few features which
| will shake things up, with dynamic tracing
| being near the top as far as I am concerned.
| But, perhaps, the most interesting addition is
| one that almost nobody expected: a reverse-
| engineered driver for NVIDIA graphics chipsets
| called âNouveau.â

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