Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Nouveau: a 2.6.33 surprise

Filed under
Linux
Software

Linus has released the 2.6.33-rc1 prepatch, closing the merge window for this development cycle. This kernel has a few features which will shake things up, with dynamic tracing being near the top as far as I am concerned. But, perhaps, the most interesting addition is one that almost nobody expected: a reverse-engineered driver for NVIDIA graphics chipsets called “Nouveau.”

Once upon a time, finding hardware which worked with Linux could be a real challenge, especially for certain classes of machines, like laptop computers. We had especially severe problems with 3D graphics as the result of two separate problems: development on the X Window System went into hibernation for many years, and graphics vendors had little interest in helping the community to develop free drivers for their products.

The good news is that those dark days are mostly behind us.




More in Tux Machines

Games: Deep Sixed, Lazy Galaxy, Gladiabots, Railway Empire, Hypergate, Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia

Sailfish OS 2.1.4 is now available to early access

After a few productive months of development, we are ready to release the next Sailfish OS update named Lapuanjoki to the early access group! Lapuanjoki is named after the town of Lapua, located in Southern Ostrobothnia region, flowing from lake Sampalampi to the Gulf of Bothnia. Read more Also: Jolla Pushes Out Sailfish OS 2.1.4 Into Early Access

Today in Techrights

Qt 5.11 Alpha Released

Qt 5.11 Alpha is released today. As usual the official Alpha is a source code delivery only, but later we will offer development snapshots of Qt 5.11 regularly via the online installer. Please check Qt 5.11 New Features wiki to see what new is coming with Qt 5.11 release. Please note that the feature list is still in progress and not to be considered final before the first Beta release. Read more Also: Qt 5.11 Alpha Released With Many Toolkit Additions