News Nvidia Open-Sources Linux Drivers

Funny how it follows LAPSU$'s threat of releasing a huge data dump if Nvidia won't open source their drivers... Even funnier how the article didn't make that association.
And last but not least : it's not the driver that's being open sourced, but the kernel connector : user space stays closed source at least for now, with no scheduled release date.
What does it mean ? Simply that open source systems may now initialize the card's 2D mode without having to fallback to VESA compatibility, and when the ABI stabilizes, drivers may be updated without having to recompile the connector as is currently the case.
For more details, check out Phoronix' article on the matter.
 
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renz496

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Funny how it follows LAPSU$'s threat of releasing a huge data dump if Nvidia won't open source their drivers... Even funnier how the article didn't make that association.
because this effort has been done long before the incident happen. michael larabel (phoronix) said it is something that nvidia have work on since 2019 even if they did not officially talk about it. and yes this does not mean nvidia suddenly have open source driver. the effort is more for data center rather than geforce.
 
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because this effort has been done long before the incident happen. michael larabel (phoronix) said it is something that nvidia have work on since 2019 even if they did not officially talk about it. and yes this does not mean nvidia suddenly have open source driver. the effort is more for data center rather than geforce.
It's still interesting that the first bit of open sourcing from Nvidia in years follow the LAPSU$ thingie, especially since if they really had been looking at doing so for the data center only, they would have put a lock somewhere in the boot images to restrict this to headless cards, and they probably wouldn't have published anything before reaching the beta stage at the very least. I'm not gonna spit on it, far from it, but it does look a bit... Fortuitous.
 
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It's still interesting that the first bit of open sourcing from Nvidia in years follow the LAPSU$ thingie, especially since if they really had been looking at doing so for the data center only, they would have put a lock somewhere in the boot images to restrict this to headless cards, and they probably wouldn't have published anything before reaching the beta stage at the very least. I'm not gonna spit on it, far from it, but it does look a bit... Fortuitous.
Given they may have had access to the last few years of development roadmaps, it's easy to declare a 'win' if you demand something you already know is about to happen.
 

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