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NVIDIA have released some GPU documentation on GitHub

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Someone check the weather in hell, as NVIDIA seem to be opening themselves up a bit more with the release of some additional GPU documentation.

Phoronix writes that NVIDIA notified them about the documentation now being available on GitHub along with it under an MIT license, which should hopefully help the Nouveau open source Linux driver. It was previously available here on their own website, although they stopped updating that in May. So not only is this more up to date with new and updated files, it's also far easier to look through.

The documentation covers all sorts of things like the BIOS, their custom "Falcon" architecture for security, memory tweaking and so on. This isn't just desktop GPU docs either, having a look over it myself there's information for notebook products as well.

According to what NVIDIA said, it's a work in progress and not everything is up yet. This has apparently been a "multi-year undertaking", which isn't really surprising given how it would all have to be run through different people to sign off on it. The legal spaghetti surrounding things like this is probably quite messy.

Pretty big surprise, nice to see NVIDIA make some more open steps. It's still nothing compared to the levels of AMD and Intel, since they have proper open source drivers but it's a good step in a nice direction for sure. You can find it all here on GitHub.

Hey NVIDIA, if you're reading—get in touch!

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Shmerl 7 Aug, 2019
Quoting: mirvone can only hope that nvidia have a change of tune. I honestly doubt it.

Current Nvidia CEO simply doesn't get the point of open source, they aren't any better than Oracle in this sense. Unless their higher management is replaced, I doubt anything will change there. So there is no point to expect anything from them. The best tactic for Linux users is to completely avoid them.


Last edited by Shmerl on 7 August 2019 at 7:51 pm UTC
sr_ls_boy 7 Aug, 2019
Someone at Phoronix was looking for a very detailed post by 'i mirkin' concerning the problems with nouveau.
It was a write-up about firmware, VBIOS and overclocking(or the lack thereof). I have the link
but I don't have a Phoronix account.

link - must read
Shmerl 7 Aug, 2019
Quoting: sr_ls_boySomeone at Phoronix was looking for a very detailed post by 'i mirkin' concerning the problems with nouveau.
It was a write-up about firmware, VBIOS and overclocking(or the lack thereof).

Yep, pretty good summary. Here is another one. TL;DR: just don't use Nvidia ;)
MayeulC 7 Aug, 2019
ElectricPrism: hum... say, what would happen to the old GPU? :P I often encounter hangs, and I suspect my R9 Fury is to blame, perhaps due to its old age?

Edit: and forgot to type in my other replies...

The story, first: let's not throw the baby together with the bathwater. Any progress on that front is good progress. Nevertheless, they'd have to do a lot more before impresssing me and having me consider one of their GPUs.

sr_ls_boy: bridged to phoronix :)


Last edited by MayeulC on 7 August 2019 at 9:19 pm UTC
Zelox 7 Aug, 2019
Iv started turn my eyes away from nvidia for a while now. AMD or the reputed Intel GPU is something I was looking for instead.
But these kinde of news makes me want to keep an eye on nvidia again. I wont get a new card for a while anyways so I hope for more changes :).


Last edited by Zelox on 7 August 2019 at 9:58 pm UTC
elmapul 7 Aug, 2019
i think its the stadia effect, google chosed amd because they were more open, or something like that.
goldenk 7 Aug, 2019
At least Nvidia is doing something.
TheRiddick 8 Aug, 2019
Hopefully AMD's open-source vulkan drivers can pull ahead and make some real impressive wins against NVIDIA's closed drivers in the future, that would really put the pressure on, we have seen what open-source opengl drivers have done for AMD, quite impressive.
0ttman 8 years 8 Aug, 2019
Quoting: TheRiddickHopefully AMD's open-source vulkan drivers can pull ahead and make some real impressive wins against NVIDIA's closed drivers in the future, that would really put the pressure on, we have seen what open-source opengl drivers have done for AMD, quite impressive.



I agree with you on this, I'm currently an Nvidia user and next go around will be
AMD. The maturing AMD drivers for Linux is amazing.
TheRiddick 8 Aug, 2019
Yeah just waiting for the 5800XT or 5900XT, I want something that can match or beat the 2080TI before I buy a AMD gpu. So might see something by end of Q1 2020.. Plenty of time to save up.
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