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Date:      Sun, 7 Feb 2021 20:48:10 +0100
From:      Polytropon <>
To:        Tomasz CEDRO <>
Cc:        Patrick Mahan <>, User Questions <>
Subject:   Re: Suggested upgrade for a GeForce GT 450
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On Sun, 7 Feb 2021 16:57:47 +0100, Tomasz CEDRO wrote:
> However, it turns out that nVidia in a nightmare for Open-Source, so
> you cannot do anything except what they give you with a binary blob
> driver, that is basic display stuff. If you want to do OpenCL or
> similar then forget nVidia.

That is also my individual experience with nVidia. While there
are open source drivers, they're not as good as the binary ones
supplied by nVidia, so if you expect 3D stuff to work (and most
desktop environemnts today cannot work without them), you will
have to use the original nVidia drivers, because neither "nv"
nor "nouveau" would provide more functionality and performance
than "vesa" (as "lowest common denominator") would.

> After 20 years of being loyal customer of nVidia I have switched to
> AMD RADEON RX580 simply because they support Open-Source while nVidia
> does not.

In the past, ATi had excellent open source support for all the
features of the graphics card, and there was one (!) driver that
supported them (named "ati"). Worked out of the box, no further
fiddling with xorg.conf options or XML files... :-)

Magdeburg, Germany
Happy FreeBSD user since 4.0
Andra moi ennepe, Mousa, ...

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