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On Mon, 19 Mar 2012 14:40:34 -0700
Mark Knecht <markknecht@...> wrote:
> I have no problem with you or anyone else running nouveau. None at all.
> I do have a problem with someone saying 'it's time for everyone to
> give up nvidia-drivers' without demonstrating they know the full
> impact of what they are suggesting. Had Cheng Renquan suggest 'Maybe
> people who don't need anything other than basic X capabilities should
> consider running nouveau' I wouldn't have even chimed in.
I think the main complaint is that the Nvidia drivers are closed
binary blobs while Nouveau is an attempt to create an entirely
open source driver. The spirit of free software demands that we
support these open initiatives.
Actually, until recently, I was very happy using the legacy open
source xorg nvidia driver known simply as as "nv." It is still
available in Gentoo as x11-drivers/xf86-video-nv.
Since I do not do gaming or other intensive graphic activities,
I could get by nicely with just nv. However, the nv driver does
not seem to support the latest hardware too well. On one of
my machines I have a card based on Nvidia GeForce 210. Although
the nv driver works with this card, it does not enable the Xv
extension and consequently the graphic response is poor.
On older cards nv does work quite well for ordinary purposes.