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Nouveau Driver Q&A

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On the Phoronix Forums we have been running a Q&A with the developers of the Nouveau project. For those out of the loop or new to Linux, the Nouveau project aims to provide an open-source 2D/3D graphics driver for NVIDIA hardware. After collecting a number of questions from our readers, KoalaBR and Marcheu have answered these questions. The questions range from whether there will be open-source SLI support to asking if NVIDIA has ever contacted the Nouveau developers.

lejocelyn: I would like to know if there is some list of cards that the driver will support? Actually, it's to know if the old cards like the GeForce 2 GTS will be supported and what these kind of cards will be able to do, if it will support for example compiz-fusion or not (yeah, I'm dreaming).

We try to support all cards from NV04 (Riva TNT) up to the newest 8800 / 8600 cards. Obviously the older the card is, the more features will have to be emulated by software but accelerated 3D should be available in the end for all cards.

Compiz and Friends need good texturing support. We know how to support it, but haven't implemented it yet. So yes, Compiz should work on all cards, but no ETA yet on when this will be possible. EXA does work though (see our Nouveau Feature Matrix) which does use texturing.

Lejocelyn: Will Fedora 8 support by default the Nouveau driver?

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