Gentoo Archives: gentoo-announce

From: Martin Schlemmer <azarah@g.o>
To: gentoo-announce@g.o, Gentoo-Dev <gentoo-dev@g.o>, Gentoo-User <gentoo-user@g.o>, gentoo-core@g.o
Subject: [gentoo-announce] New XFree86 and NVidia drivers.
Date: Sun, 07 Apr 2002 12:02:51
Message-Id: 1018199030.5927.30.camel@nosferatu.lan

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Important for this release:

It adds a new feature to the xfree ebuild, which will be of interest
to NVidia owners.  With the new xfree and nvidia ebuilds, it is possible
to switch between the XFree86 and NVidia OpenGL implementations without
reinstalling (nice to have if you want to quickly test the latest
ATI card without reinstalling, or if you buy a non NVidia card).

More important, is that no more custom module paths in
/etc/X11/XF86Config is needed, but your config file that worked on
Slack/Debian/Redhat/etc, should work with Gentoo Linux.

How all this works:

Any user that have nvidia-glx installed, can switch to and from
the nvidia at any time.

Switch to nvidia

# opengl-update nvidia

Switch to xfree

#opengl-update xfree

How to get:

For nvidia users:

# emerge nvidia-glx

should merge the new xfree ebuild with the brand new NVidia drivers
version 1.0-2880.

For non nvidia users:

# emerge xfree

Please note:  for optimal results, unmerge old versions of
              xfree and nvidia-*:

# emerge --safe unmerge xfree nvidia-kernel nvidia-glx 
(portage-1.8.17 or earlier)

# emerge -C xfree nvidia-kernel nvidia-glx
(portage-1.8.18 or later)

ALSO:  the latest nvidia drivers *NEED* x11-base/xfree-4.2.0-r9,
       and will break if you force them with older versions of



Martin Schlemmer
Gentoo Linux Developer, Desktop Team Developer
Cape Town, South Africa