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Date:      Sat, 1 Sep 2018 14:54:26 +0000
From:      Carmel NY <>
To:        FreeBSD <>
Subject:   Re: FreeBSD OpenCL/CUDA nVidia
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On Sat, 1 Sep 2018 11:44:02 +0200, CeDeROM stated:

>Thank you Tommy.. bad news.. how did that happen for nVidia to become
>worst GPU driver provider to FreeBSD lagging even behind ATI/AMD and
>Intel.. I guess these are closed-source drivers so we have nothing to
>do here.. I was always buying nVidia only because of trust in their
>best drivers.. but that needs to be revised I see :-(

I don't believe that is a correct interpretation of the problem. Several
years ago, FreeBSD was unable to support nVidia's 64 bit drivers. Eventuall=
that problem was alleviated. However, and this is what I have gathered from
reading chat forums dedicated to nVidia, FreeBSD still does not properly
handle all of the features that nVidia offers in a manner similar to MS
Windows (naturally) and other *.nix operating systems. A business model whe=
nVidia would be forced to spend large amounts of money to devise a way to b=
100% compatible with FreeBSD, a user base magnitudes smaller than MS Window=
or other *.nix operating systems, would prove to be a losing strategy.

A far more easily implemented plan would be for the FreeBSD developers to p=
point exactly what FreeBSD needs to do to become fully compatible with nVid=
products. Microsoft works closely with nVidia, as well as some other *.nix
developers to assure that their products are compatible. Why isn't FreeBSD
taking this approach?


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