[PC-BSD Testing] Some news for the NVidia folks out there regarding XOrg server 1.8 onward
A-Koziol at neiu.edu
Mon Jul 19 12:17:49 PDT 2010
I was kind of surprised by this news myself but maybe they'll have a
change of heart later on from community pressure.
NVIDIA's Oldest Legacy Driver Will Not Gain New Support
Posted by Michael Larabel on July 18, 2010
A few days back there was the release of two updated NVIDIA legacy
drivers <http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=ODQyMQ> for
Linux, but only their newest legacy driver (they have three different
legacy drivers at present) gained support for X.Org Server 1.8
support though is needed for the older NVIDIA drivers to operate on
newer Linux distributions like Fedora 13 and openSUSE 11.3. On this
Sunday evening we have now confirmation from NVIDIA that they have no
plans on providing xorg-server 1.8 support for their oldest legacy driver.
The NVIDIA 173.14.75 legacy driver released provides X.Org Server 1.8
support so that those customers with GeForce 5 (FX) graphics cards can
continue using the proprietary driver for 3D/OpenGL and XvMC video
acceleration support when they update their X Server when updating their
distributions. The other NVIDIA 96.43.18 legacy update provided some
bug-fixes, but went without any server 1.8 support. NVIDIA though will
be updating the 96.xx.xx driver in the future with this updated X.Org
NVIDIA's Andy Ritger wrote to us, "Yes, we will eventually add xserver
1.8 support to the 96.xx.xx series. We do not plan to backport new X
server support to the 71.xx.xx series." In other words, it's basically
the end of the line for the NVIDIA 71.xx.xx Linux legacy driver.
This is the driver for any customers with GeForce 3, GeForce 256, TNT /
TNT2, Riva 128, Vanta, and Quadro 2 Pro graphics cards. This NVIDIA
hardware is quite old so it shouldn't affect too many people, but those
running such vintage hardware will have the only choice of switching
over to using the Nouveau
<http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=search&q=Nouveau> graphics driver
stack when updating their X.Org Server or Linux distribution. Those with
GeForce 2 Go, GeForce 4 MX, GeForce 4 Go, and GeForce 4 Ti graphics
cards still should be getting this new support within the 96.xx.xx
driver, but you may have to wait a while.
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