NVIDIA 169.07 Linux Display Driver

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| Just in time for the holidays, NVIDIA has released a new Linux display
| driver, which is a stable version of their previous 169.04 beta last month.
| In addition, the new NVIDIA 169.07 Linux driver has a few changes, while most
| of the release highlights were already found in the 169.04 release. We are
| preparing additional Linux tests with this new driver, but for right now we
| have the details on this proprietary display driver.


AMD Catalyst 7.12 Linux Driver

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| It's that time of the month again where we get to share with you all of the
| details on the latest ATI/AMD Linux driver release. This month, the ATI
| Catalyst 7.12 Linux driver (formally, what is known as fglrx 8.44) brings a
| host of new changes, mostly in the form of bug fixes. In total, there are
| just under a dozen noteworthy bug fixes in this release -- including
| addressing 3D acceleration issues on AGP graphics cards and the well-known
| OpenGL memory leak that was introduced with the new driver code-base. In
| addition, the FireGL graphics cards are now supported on this new driver
| code-base.



NVIDIA XRender Performance Improved

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| Towards the middle of last month, NVIDIA had released the 169.04 Beta Linux
| Driver. The change-log was quite lengthy and what we had discovered while
| benchmarking the GeForce 8 series was that there were improvements to be
| found in this release and it was far more than a simple version bump. * *


Could AMD move open desktop Linux market?

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| AMD’s recent move to fully support open source graphics could be the best
| news desktop Linux has had in a long time.


NVIDIA 169.04 Driver Brings Improvements

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| Most notably, with the NVIDIA 100.14.19 driver with a GeForce 8800GTS 640MB
| we found major performance gains. With the NVIDIA 169.04 Beta driver we have
| once again found significant performance improvements for the GeForce 8
| series on Linux. While there were no improvements with the GeForce 8600GT in
| Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, the improvements were very noticeable in Doom 3
| and Quake 4. This updated Linux driver has also corrected some monitor issues
| we previously had with incorrectly parsing the EDID information and other
| bugs.


NVIDIA: Got Specifications?

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| This past week AMD raised the Linux graphics bar by not only announcing their
| new fglrx graphics driver, which delivers Radeon HD 2000 support, immense
| performance improvements, and AIGLX, but it was accompanied by an
| announcement that they will be delivering specifications to the X.Org
| development community. These two announcements came after intense work
| internally at AMD and over a long period of time, but literally overnight it
| changed the minds of many Linux users on how they judge this company with its
| once notorious binary blob. AMD has really set a precedence for showing that
| a semiconductor company once criticized to no end with their proprietary
| software can update their views to assist and embrace the open-source Linux
| community while remaining competitive as a company in a triopoloy market.
| They have also thus reaffirmed that Linux is a viable desktop operating
| system. But the ball has now landed in NVIDIA's court. NVIDIA can either play
| ball by pushing forward with a similar effort, and then all of the big three
| GPU manufacturers would be cradling an open-source strategy, or they may find
| themselves in trouble down the road.