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Old 05-06-03, 03:06 PM   #73
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Default continuing development?

I am about to buy a new laptop to replace my desktop PC. I REALLY like the Dell Inspiron 8500 series laptop and it comes with an NVIDIA GeForce4 Go 4200 64M graphics card, which is great!

However, I haven't seen a single update to these FreeBSD drivers since they were released! I'll most likely have to run FreeBSD 5.0 in order to get ACPI support and Cardbus support running. But from what I've seen by reading these messages, FreeBSD 5.0 isn't supported and the NVIDIA FreeBSD drivers are buggy on FreeBSD 5.0 (at best).

This fact may force me to instead buy a Sony VAIO GRX700 series laptop with an ATI Mobility Radeon 7500 graphics chip set. After all, I need OpenGL support! I like to develop games in my spare time.

So what gives? Is NVIDIA going to Open Source their drivers? Are they going to continue developing for FreeBSD? Or are they going to drop FreeBSD support in favor of LINUX? Not everyone loves LINUX...

I run FreeBSD servers and I don't see that changing anytime soon (especially when KSEs become stable in 5.0). Because of this fact, I bend over backwards to run FreeBSD workstations. NVIDIA developers, please either release your drivers as Open Source or continue development! I don't want to go with ATI!
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Old 05-06-03, 03:45 PM   #74
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We expect to release a new FreeBSD driver shortly (which will support FreeBSD 5.0) - I don't have a timetable, but I expect it won't be much longer.

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Old 05-07-03, 06:55 AM   #75
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Old 05-08-03, 10:27 AM   #76
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nice! I expect there'll be another huge explosion on freebsd mailing lists and forums when that's released can't wait to be able to try it!
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Old 05-08-03, 10:48 AM   #77
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Hope will be 4.x (specially 4.8) compatible
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Old 05-08-03, 05:01 PM   #78
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Your mileage with this will likely vary, but I've just made a set of patches available for 1.0-3203 (http://www.minion.de/nvidia.html); the 1.0-3203 patch addresses several known issues, such as FreeBSD -CURRENT incompatibilities, stability problems with the NVIDIA AGP GART driver and the infamous SiS 735 startup failure. There are also two patches against the FreeBSD kernel to address crashes when exiting KDE 3.x applications (qt applications linked against libGL) as well as crashes with multi-threaded Linux OpenGL applications inside the Linuxulator. Give them a try if you want and let me know if it works or if you're having difficulties.
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Old 05-14-03, 12:34 PM   #79
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Question with is the best UNIX x86 system to learn from?

I have already a very stable dual boot, Windows XP SP1 and RedHat 9, all configured OK and my GeForce4 Ti4200 works flawlessly in both OSs.

I just downloaded Solaris 9, 4 ISOs. I just want a goot UNIX system to learn from... I need to know UNIX, since I want to work in the corporate level. I study Computer Cience here in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.

Do anyone here have any experience to lead me in the right way: learn from Solaris or freeBSD? I already have 3 HDs: one is Windows, other is Linux and the new one, I wish to install a "pure" UNIX system, and learn from it.

Any sugestions? freeBSD, Solaris.... or both? Are they that different, with one has better free documentation, etc?

Thanks for any reply!

PS.: nvidia always awesome... linux and now freeBSD drivers are far beyond anything the competition had come with yet. Keep up the good work!

PS2.: could any of those drivers run on Solaris 9 x86? =]
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Old 05-19-03, 01:27 PM   #80
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What about a new release of the drivers?

I'm getting very much problem with this release and KDE!


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Old 05-25-03, 10:40 PM   #81
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Yeah how 'bout an driver update. I would very muck like to see my 4800 supported.
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Old 05-26-03, 12:19 PM   #82
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I'm also waiting for new drivers. Looking forward to actually being able to play games under BSD (3103 or whatever are as unstable as anything on my system). Just hope that by the time the drivers are actually released, they support FreeBSD 5.1 as well.
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Old 06-04-03, 03:46 AM   #83
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iam waiting for a newer bsd driver too (because of some arb extensions). hopefully one with a cleaner/easier setup procedure. iam not a kernel hacker, i just wanna get my game compiling and running under bsd.

supporting 4.8 would be fine, ive mixed feelings about the "todo lists" of 5.1.
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Old 06-04-03, 01:44 PM   #84
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Well, I just rebuilt QT with WITHOUT_OPENGL=yes, and that solved the problems of QT programs segfaulting on exit. With my 1.2ghz Athlon, 768mb ram, GF2 Ti (honestly don't know more than that offhand) running on FreeBSD 4.8, GLXGears gives me:

10244 frames in 5.0 seconds = 2048.800 FPS
11627 frames in 5.0 seconds = 2325.400 FPS
11635 frames in 5.0 seconds = 2327.000 FPS
11425 frames in 5.0 seconds = 2285.000 FPS
11696 frames in 5.0 seconds = 2339.200 FPS

Now, if anyone would care to show me how to get Half-Life and mods to run under WINE without totally screwing with every single texture (everything is super stretched out), I would be most happy.
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