lord helmet schrijft dat nVidia gisteren haar langverwachte OpenGL 1.2 Linux module voor haar grafische kaarten heeft vrijgegeven. Linuxgames heeft deze drivers onder de loep genomen en een complete benchmarksuite van deze beta drivers in elkaar gehangen :
These new drivers from NVIDIA are really quite remarkable. While the stability is still not perfect (as noted by crashes of Q3A after changing resolution or graphics settings, as well as other glitches), the performance is fantastic. At first glance, these drivers seems to be nearly as fast (if not faster) than the Windows drivers on comparable hardware. (We'll be taking the time to get some results to see if this is indeed true later this week, so stay tuned.)
But, and as a Linux user I must mention this, the drivers are not open source as with the drivers for 3dfx, ATI, and Matrox cards. Further, they don't use the DRI as developed by Precision Insight and incorporated into XFree86 4.0. Among other things, this means that when XFree86 changes slightly or when a bug is discovered, users of these drivers may be left waiting for NVIDIA to release a fix. While that's not a show-stopping limitation, it is worth noting. Further, the only drivers I've seen so far are for Linux running on Intel/AMD hardware. This leaves out several other groups out that might otherwise be included with open source drivers. Those include users of any of the BSD variants, users of Linux on PowerPC, and users of Linux on Alpha hardware. In theory, all of these can be supported with open source drivers, but for now will be dependent on NVIDIA if they ever want drivers in the first place. Also, from a philosophical point of view, many Linux users may want the drivers to be open source. I know I'd like to see NVIDIA embrace the open source movement, but from a practical point of view I can't deny that, at least with these initial drivers, they're doing well without being open.
Je kan deze XFree86 4.0 drivers hier van de nVidia site binnenlepelen .