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From: Duncan <1i5t5.duncan@...>
Subject: Re: NVidia - advice!
Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2006 13:44:40 -0700
Fernando Boaglio posted <ab2953b00601111137ob4bcc17j@...>,
excerpted below,  on Wed, 11 Jan 2006 17:37:17 -0200:

> <br clear="all">Hi, =D<br><br>I would like to hear from your some advice
> about buying a new GeForce NVidia!<br><br>My old GeForce2 it's really
> bugging me, freezing my desktop sometimes, which <br>gave me the error
> &quot;NVRM&nbsp; XID: 0008&quot;.&nbsp; =( <br><br>I don't see people
> complaining about this error at Nvidia forums with new boards, only
> <br>GForce2 and GForce4 owners. =/<br><br>TIA!<br><br>[]'s<br><a
> href="mailto:boaglio@...">boaglio@...</a>

First, please don't use HTML when you send to this list.  Many choose not
to render HTML for security reasons.  I'm told that with gmail, you can't
disable the HTML option globally or for a specific address, only for each
message.  That's unfortunate, but as you can see, raw HTML doesn't look
very nice, so please remember to do so.

You are asking for advice.  Here's mine.  NVidia refuses to make available
the specs necessary to support its cards properly with open source
drivers.  Therefore, I refuse to make available any of my cash for their

Unfortunately, ATI's newer cards are similar, but their older Radeon 9200
and 9250s have the specs available and consequently work decently well
with open source drivers.  The newer ones have reverse engineered drivers
in the latest modular xorg (7.0), but it's still masked for testing on
Gentoo, and even then, the drivers are still experimental anyway, not to
mention they had to be reverse engineered so ATI isn't cooperating anyway.

The choices for full open source support are Intel and Via, and ATI
Radeon 9200 and 9250s (earlier versions are supported too, but the
hardware isn't so great).

You can of course choose to run the closed source drivers, but that
doesn't encourage good citizenship on the part of the video card
manufacturers, and risks system stability as well.  Still, it's a choice
many gamers choose to make.  Apparently, for them, a few additional frames
per second are worth more than their software freedom, but it's their

Duncan - List replies preferred.   No HTML msgs.
"Every nonfree program has a lord, a master --
and if you use the program, he is your master."  Richard Stallman in

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