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Next year could certainly be interesting in the world of Linux GPU drivers, specifically NVIDIA this time going by a talk they're going to have at the GPU Technology Conference.

On their website (thanks Phoronix) they're listing a session titled "Open Source, Linux Kernel, and NVIDIA", which is being presented by long-time NVIDIA engineer John Hubbard. The title alone is enough to really get you thinking, what exactly are they up to? Then you read the details of the talk, which makes it sound even more exciting and makes me very curious:

We'll report up-to-the-minute developments on NVIDIA's status and activities, and possibly (depending on last-minute developments) a few future plans and directions, regarding our contributions to Linux kernel; supporting Nouveau (the open source kernel driver for NVIDIA GPUs, that is in the Linux kernel), including signed firmware behavior, documentation, and patches; and NVIDIA kernel drivers.

Both AMD and Intel already have their drivers open, with developers paid to work on them and so perhaps NVIDIA will finally follow along? Stranger things have happened, so I wouldn't completely count NVIDIA out on that, although I'm not expecting them to make such a big shift. What do you think they're planning?

GTC is being hosted in San Jose, California and runs from March 23 - 26, 2020. The talk doesn't seem to have a set time or date yet.

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jarhead_h 7 December 2019 at 5:51 pm UTC
Have the finally figured out that AMD has the correct approach to open source drivers? I doubt it.
Nasra 7 December 2019 at 6:06 pm UTC
In fact, hardware market is dominated by AMD (PSX, Xboxs...). Nvidia has just the retailers PC market and Nintendo Switch (Nintendo made the switch from AMD-ATI, previously on the gamecube, wii and wiiu).

The force of Nvidia on the market is RTX, G-Sync, Nvenc, Cuda... all proprietary technologies. I don't think they will open their drivers.
But, they can port GeForce Experience, or Geforce Now on Linux...


Last edited by Nasra on 4 January 2020 at 3:09 pm UTC
Shmerl 7 December 2019 at 11:21 pm UTC
StenkaSteam no support amd mesa vaapi implementation, gaming on Steam link not playable, totally choppy software-rendered, in nvidia simply works.

That's a Steam's problem, not AMD's or anyone else's. VAAPI is standard. OBS supports VAAPI just fine for instance. So use OBS if you need video streaming.


Last edited by Shmerl on 7 December 2019 at 11:23 pm UTC
Maath 9 December 2019 at 5:31 pm UTC
I'll believe it when I see Linus put away his middle finger.
tpau 12 December 2019 at 2:55 pm UTC
Curious what it will be, yes i am, but since i was able to use the binary driver for games already i am not really dependent on any major breakthroughs.
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