Odd that they would decrease the Linux screen limit rather than increase the Windows screen limit. If the GPU can easily push 4 screens I don't see why you shouldn't be able to use them all, especially if you could before. I wonder what other features have been cut or diminished to bring the Linux driver in line with the Windows driver or if AMD cards have OS feature discrepancies between drivers.
This seems like the dumbest thing ever... If it was possible to have 4 screens under linux then this must be a software limitation... I won't be surprised if someone will find a way to hack nvidia driver to support 4 screens for both windows and linux...
The big question here is why there would be a 3 screen limit in Windows to begin with. Is there some technical reason as to why 4 screens work under Linux but not Windows? If so, and Linux has an advantage, this sounds like someone at MS wasn't too happy about it and threw a fit which would not be out of character for the company.
This really is baffling. My best guess for any possible excuse is that 3 monitors is more common than 4, and they didn't feel like doing whatever debugging or coding upkeep needed to make sure that 4 actually worked. They must have been hoping no one noticed, as I for one had no idea that card could push 4 displays in the first place.
this is sad. ive always had good luck with nvidia under linux. my amd gpus always have driver issues under linux and never seem to work... i guess if only supporting 3 screens is nvidias biggest problem, there is not much to worry about.
Microsoft requesting Nvidia nerf linux-only features? Do I sense fear in the once mighty beast?
I think the reasoning is more of an assumption at this point.
Considering that Linux has a very small market share that has very little gamers I don't think that's the real reason.
Of course one company will try to point fingers in order to save face.
Honestly its stupid to do that or to change something that did work. I wonder if they ran into issues with newer cards on those drivers and just removed it for all of them. I honestly hate trying to setup multiple displays on Linux but if it works, then why take it out?
I honestly doubt MS cares enough to do something like that as it would be considered monopolistic to try and limit Linux.
I've never found a 3 max limit on Windows. . . might be because I'm not using nVidia but even when I was (under XP) I didn't have any problems driving four monitors. . . really not sure what's going on here, but there's a lot of smelly . . .
To me it looks like an excuse to push quadros for more-then-3-monitors configurations (think about genlock - memlock).
Always IMHO it is the same reason why 780s can't have double Floating point units unlocked by the driver (even though titans / quadros can). For once I don't think Microsoft is involved :-D
Linux is irrelevant to literally 99.9% of PC users since it has .1% market share...who cares.
With SteamOS and Android being Linux based it matters more every day. And yes there is an x86 version of Android. With MS making little new contribution to computing functionality it's market share can only diminish. So it may start to matter.
" Linux is irrelevant to literally 99.9% of PC users since it has .1% market share...who cares."
Where do I begin? Linux market share is way off, without Linux servers you couldn't even read this post, Steam is preparing an exit strategy from MS, and once Mantle destroys Direct X the balance of power will have shifted. Look at the Mobile market, open source done right will destroy proprietary closed source given time.
"Linux is irrelevant to literally 99.9% of PC users since it has .1% market share...who cares."
Where do I begin? You haven't a clue about how stats for OS use are gathered, and as such you have grossly underestimated the market share of Linux. Steam have implemented a project to free themselves from Microsoft's proprietary clutches, as have EA and AMD. The writing is on the wall, no wonder the top MS shareholders are screaming for a new leader for the company.