NVIDIA Releases Two OSS Driver Updates

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| We're still working on finding out more details on NVIDIA's open-source
| strategy, but in minor open-source news, there are two updates now available
| for the xf86-video-nv (a.k.a. "nv") driver. The xf86-video-nv 2.1.7 update is
| for those using X.Org 7.2 or later, while xf86-video-nv 2.0.3 is for
| pre-X11R72.


It seems like NVIDIA will follow AMD's footsteps. Same pattern of slowing
updates of the proprietary drivers accompanied by silence.


NVIDIA 169.09 Linux Display Driver

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| One month and one day after the NVIDIA 169.07 display driver was released,
| the Santa Clara folks have released a minor driver update for Linux and
| Solaris. No new features have been introduced, but just a couple of bug
| fixes. *


NVIDIA Plotting Open-Source Strategy?

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


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: 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.


NVIDIA 2007 Year In Review

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| In our 2006 NVIDIA AYiR we had warned that 2007 would likely be the hardest
| year yet for NVIDIA on the Linux front and this has certainly panned out to
| be true. In addition to their initial GeForce 8 problems, they are now facing
| serious competition from ATI/AMD and their new Linux driver and new
| open-source strategy with open specifications. The developers behind the
| Nouveau driver are making steady progress and are working on an open-source
| Gallium3D component for NVIDIA graphics cards. Next year will be a critical
| time for NVIDIA on the Linux front as they determine how to respond to this
| increased competition and likely reaching the 200.xx Linux driver series. How
| they will respond, however, right now is anyone's guess.