Elite: Dangerous beta phase two launches on September 30th

Radiation warning: Wasteland 2 launches - and it's great

ArcheAge review in progress

Nvidia extend olive branch to Linux developers

Nvidia

That’s Linus Torvalds up there - the ‘Linu’ in ‘Linux’ - swearing in the general direction of Nvidia. He last year labelled the GPU specialists the “single worst company” the Linux kernal has ever worked with.

This week, by contrast, he’s “cautiously optimistic” about Nvidia’s future relationship with Linux developers, after the company pledged to help improve “out-of-the-box usability” with open source drivers.

Nvidia’s Andy Ritger yesterday emailed developers of Nouveau, an open source driver built to accommodate Nvidia cards on Linux PCs.

“Nvidia is releasing public documentation on certain aspects of our GPUs, with the intent to address areas that impact the out-of-the-box usability of Nvidia GPUs with Nouveau,” he wrote. “We intend to provide more documentation over time, and guidance in additional areas as we are able.”

That’s a small thing, that will help Nouveau’s team counter uncommon issues they haven’t yet come across. But it’s just the peak of an iceberg of Linux-friendly intent from Nvidia.

“More BIOS-related information is in the pipeline,” the company’s Andy Ritger told Ars Technica. “Our goal is for the Nouveau driver to give NVIDIA users a reasonable out-of-the-box experience. This entails things like successful GPU initialization, display configuration, and basic 2D and 3D rendering.”

Precisely what information Nvidia releases will be “largely based on feedback from the Nouveau community”. “So far, feedback from Nouveau guys has been that the DCB spec is actually more useful than I expected it to be, which is great news,” finished Ritger.

Torvalds, for his part, seemed receptive to Nvidia’s change of heart. “We'll see,” he told Ars Technica. “I’m cautiously optimistic that this is a real shift in how Nvidia perceives Linux. The actual docs released so far are fairly limited, and in themselves they wouldn't be a big thing, but if Nvidia really does follow up and start opening up more, that would certainly be great.

“They've already been much better in the ARM SoC space than they were on the more traditional GPU side, and I really hope that some day I can just apologize for ever giving them the finger.”

How’ve you lot fared with Nvidia cards on Linux? Or have you steered well clear before now? The compatibility of graphics cards with Linux systems seems newly important now SteamOS is a thing.

Login or Register
1
+1
-0
Chris92_de's picture
19

Always been using the proprietary Nvidia drivers until now, since those seem to give the best performance and are actually required to play games on Steam for Linux.

Never really bothered using Nouveau I gotta say

Alienware - Game VictoriousNvidia Shield - Titanfall
ArcheAge review in progress

ArcheAge

ArcheAge review in progress

Elite: Dangerous beta phase two launches on September 30th

Elite: Dangerous beta phase two launches on September 30th

Radiation warning: Wasteland 2 launches - and it's great

Radiation warning: Wasteland 2 launches - and it's great

Road Redemption trailer marks Steam Early Access. The game where it rains cars

Road Redemption trailer marks Steam Early Access. The game where it rains cars

Age of Wonders III update 1.4 and Golden Realms expansion released

Age of Wonders III update 1.4 and Golden Realms expansion released

Spacebase DF-9 release window set. Time Travel, holodecks, and killer robots cut

Spacebase DF-9 release window set. Time Travel, holodecks, and killer robots cut

Our best Diablo 3 builds

Diablo III

Our best Diablo 3 builds

Scrolls price drops to compete on tablets

Scrolls price drops to compete on tablets

Clang Kickstarter cancelled by Neal Stephenson; some backers to be refunded

Clang Kickstarter cancelled by Neal Stephenson; some backers to be refunded

Endless Legend trailer marks launch and addition of the horrifying Cultists of the Eternal End

Endless Legend trailer marks launch and addition of the horrifying Cultists of the Eternal End

Watch skeletons being victimised in Hellraid's first 20 minutes

Watch skeletons being victimised in Hellraid's first 20 minutes

Business of eSports panel: eSports big brains drop knowledge tonight

Business of eSports panel: eSports big brains drop knowledge tonight

Train Simulator 2015 interview: “Oculus Rift is just perfect complementary technology for Train Simulator”

Train Simulator 2015

Train Simulator 2015 interview: “Oculus Rift is just perfect complementary technology for Train Simulator”

Don't worry: World of Warcraft's premium XP boosts won't be making the trip from East to West

Don't worry: World of Warcraft's premium XP boosts won't be making the trip from East to West

Picking faith: how the Smite team turn gods into game mechanics

Picking faith: how the Smite team turn gods into game mechanics

I was put on trial in ArcheAge. My first punishment was to get naked

I was put on trial in ArcheAge. My first punishment was to get naked

Final Fantasy XIII lands on PC in October, with the sequels coming next spring

Final Fantasy XIII lands on PC in October, with the sequels coming next spring

Crusader Kings 2's one million players average 99 hours of playtime

Crusader Kings 2's one million players average 99 hours of playtime

How Crusader Kings 2 caught Paradox by surprise

Crusader Kings II

How Crusader Kings 2 caught Paradox by surprise

League of Legends Worlds 2014 begins; Riot make a hyper-cool cartoon for the occasion

League of Legends Worlds 2014 begins; Riot make a hyper-cool cartoon for the occasion

Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain footage starts with horseplay, ends in flames

Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain footage starts with horseplay, ends in flames

Kislyi Kart: World of Tanks is getting a limited-time-only race mode

Kislyi Kart: World of Tanks is getting a limited-time-only race mode

Torment: Tides of Numenera footage suggests it'll be plane sailing til release

Torment: Tides of Numenera footage suggests it'll be plane sailing til release