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Date:      Sat, 21 Nov 2009 09:06:28 -0500
From:      Robert Huff <roberthuff@rcn.com>
To:        usleepless@gmail.com
Cc:        Anton Shterenlikht <mexas@bristol.ac.uk>, freebsd-questions@freebsd.org, "Daniel C. Dowse" <dcdowse@gmx.net>
Subject:   Re: GPUs on FBSD?
Message-ID:  <19207.62436.23817.593443@jerusalem.litteratus.org>
In-Reply-To: <c39ec84c0911210348h3fb2c860le156f077046344b@mail.gmail.com>
References:  <20091120114657.GA22584@mech-cluster241.men.bris.ac.uk> <20091120181629.3e1a3aee.dcdowse@gmx.net> <c39ec84c0911201111k2404dea1oe7303ecd6bea8c05@mail.gmail.com> <20091121112802.GA70284@mech-cluster241.men.bris.ac.uk> <c39ec84c0911210348h3fb2c860le156f077046344b@mail.gmail.com>

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usleepless@gmail.com writes:

>  The talk/announcement on the Nvidia forum is about a native video
>  driver for amd64 i believe. A lot of people are waiting for this
>  ( currently there is only Nvidia support for i386 ).

	I do not believe this is correct.  _As I understand it_ there
are (currently) two options:

	1) "nv" driver; written by nVidia, but does not support
		recent (last N generations) cards, works only for i386,
		and does not support 100% of 3d functions.  Breakage
		fixed, but no new features added.
	2) "noveau" driver; written by third parties, works for i386
		and amd64 (maybe for others).  For what works, see the
		(hopefully outdated) web page.

	Under development:

	3) "????"; written (and maintained/improved) by nVidia, words
		for i386 and amd64, supports all cards, supports all
		functionality.  ETA not announced; no public testing yet.

	If anyone knows better, please correct this.


					Robert Huff






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