Re: Big Problems Down The Road?
Conversely, FreeBSD risks being relagated to being an OS unsuitable for desktops by not supporting the things requires to make AMD-64 nvidia drivers work. As I understand it, these are necessary items to make 64 bit systems run well (regardless of 3D solution) and there are some segments of the market (like high performance laptops) where there nvidia is the only player.
That-all-said, there's been some talk here (that I haven't substantiated) that the open source 3D drivers for AMD's video cards work. If this is true, it would mean that however desirable the 64-bit requests nvidia has made are for any OS, there exists some way for 3D drivers to be written without them. This begs the question: what is the associated effort required?
It seems, from my time following this debacle, that nobody on the FreeBSD side has denied that the features requested by nvidia are both required and elsewise useful. It also seems, by the progress, that these features are fairly hard to implement.