[PC-BSD Testing] Testing 7.1 RC1

rasz raszobbi at gmail.com
Tue Mar 31 14:47:02 PDT 2009

Kris Moore wrote:
> rasz wrote:
>> Kris Moore wrote:
>>> Yvan Martin wrote:
>>>> First the good stuff:
>>>> 1. Firefox and Thunderbird worked right away, which had not been the 
>>>> case with the Betas.
>>>> 2. I was not presented with a choice of nVidia drivers, but nv behaved 
>>>> well which is all a normal user would expect.
>>> There is no amd64 Nvidia driver for FreeBSD as of yet. We're still 
>>> waiting for a few crucial things to be added to the BSD system before 
>>> nvidia will release a driver for us:
>>> http://wiki.freebsd.org/NvidiaFeatureRequests
>> Kris Moore, are you aware of the nouveau driver work in progress? it is 
>> beyond me technically, so i don't know if you
>> are unaware or think it's not viable. they're is still activity on 
>> freebsd-x11 mailing list, even today and has been going
>> on for a couple weeks now
> I've heard of that driver, but from what I've seen, its got a ways to go 
> before it had the same kind of compatibility / support that our regular 
> nvidia driver does at the moment. I think if we can get the amd64 issues 
> fixed in FreeBSD 8, then most users will rather run the nvidia blob 
> directly, especially since its supported directly by nvidia, and tends 
> to "just work" in most cases.
i i can't argue with that - definitely, but i caught the discussion as 
it started on the mailing list and
i got the impression they don't think the official driver and requested 
features are around the corner as yet.
I don't know what is going on in 8 much though, but the nouveau testers 
seemed hopeful to have a somewhat functional driver before nvidia's,
that may be a bit better than nv.
it's not for me personally in any case, i'm sticking to i386 - not out 
of choice, but my interests are multimedia production and games
and the only thing i'm really waiting for. i just thought there might be 
some amd64 ppl who would be interested to know, maybe some guru help 
pave the way :).

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