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, which has been talked about before for the open
| letter to NVIDIA and most recently has been emailing NVIDIA AIB/OEM partners

NVIDIA cards are being used on Linux very extensively (yet quietly) in the
industry, even at NASA. They seem to perform better on Linux than on Windows
(links below).

Related: - 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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