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Old 12-24-06, 05:25 AM   #217
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Most of the relevant stuff is on the last few pages..

This will give you a head start:
http://lists.freebsd.org/pipermail/f...ne/016995.html

To make a long story short... The FreeBSD kernel is lacking some functions NVidia (and others) need to even begin writing a driver for AMD64.

Edit: My AMD64 runs quite nicely on freebsd-i386 with the x86 NVidia driver...
Well, there's people registered here about a year and half ago+ just for this driver and I see nvidia's reasons but I think that the feeling is that is not a 100% good reason. A company like nvidia with their resources and the knowledge about the driver, could be nice involving themselves with the open source side needed by the drivers. Is like there's not many interest for them for making this possible. They are only saying what they'd like to have for the driver but nothing more.
In fact, if companies like nvidia and ati had open sourced the drivers, be sure that would have been adapted by the community long long ago.

There's a lot of work in the way of thinking of these companies. I think they should have open sourced their oldest drivers at least...companies like ID Software with their games, Sun (star office,java, opensolaris), are just doing this for their software and nothing happens. They are not going to sell less graphic cards for doing this...in fact, the linux, *bsd people would be happy buying their cards

An your amd64 runs on freebsd-i386, but runs better on freebsd-amd64

(and sorry for my engrish ;-) )

Edit: Just something interesting I've found reading at the spanish edition of slashdot: http://nouveau.freedesktop.org/wiki/ . I've donated a bit of money although I'm very skeptical about this but Keith Packard says that this could be done at about xorg 7.3. Well, they are asking for people support for this.
It's not a freebsd driver but is an open source driver that could make things faster if done (perhaps?)

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Old 01-05-07, 10:02 PM   #218
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It's pretty simple.. developing a kernel or an OS is something quite different compared to writing a driver. NVidia makes money selling cards/chipsets and creates drivers for them so people can use those cards/chipsets. They don't have the time, the resources and the knowledge to do kernel/OS development, it's just not their core business.

As for opening up "old" sources.. In the real world there is a thing called Intellectual Property. Perhaps Nvidia is using (and paying big bucks for it) IPs owned by someone else? Maybe they just aren't allowed to reveal this (NDA)?
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Old 05-17-07, 06:29 AM   #219
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"Please make drivers for FreeBSD AMD64"
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Old 05-22-07, 07:48 AM   #220
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Please make nvidia geforce driver for amd64!
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Old 05-23-07, 12:12 PM   #221
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Please see http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=82203.
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Old 08-09-07, 11:46 AM   #222
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I manage systems for a large, multidisciplinary fMRI research group at the Medical College of Wisconsin. We've found FreeBSD to be the best OS for our data analysis, mainly because of its remarkable stability. We currently have 29 FreeBSD servers/workstations, most of which use nVidia drivers. Thanks to advances in MRI technology, we're now collecting much higher resolution images than we could a few years ago. The memory demands of many research tools have increased as a result, and many developers are now recommending 4G RAM for all workstations, so 32-bit operating systems will soon be obsolete for our purposes. It will be critical for us in the next year or so to have high-performance 3D graphics on FreeBSD-AMD64, so we really hope to see the nVidia drivers ported soon.

Thank you,

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Old 08-12-07, 05:59 AM   #223
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Given the link Zander posted, unlikely. The TODO list is fairly long and I don't see anyone taking it under his winds.

I know that I will be crucified for suggesting it, but if you -require- 64bit right now, you should consider switching to Linux or Solaris.

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Old 10-01-07, 08:41 AM   #224
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Given the link Zander posted, unlikely. The TODO list is fairly long and I don't see anyone taking it under his winds.

I know that I will be crucified for suggesting it, but if you -require- 64bit right now, you should consider switching to Linux or Solaris.

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Are there even good 3D drivers for nVidia cards in Solaris?

Honestly, I'd rather switch my vid card than my OS.
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Old 10-04-07, 12:27 PM   #225
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Are there even good 3D drivers for nVidia cards in Solaris?
Yes.

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Honestly, I'd rather switch my vid card than my OS.
For now, only nVidia has working -high-performance- 3D drivers running on Linux,BSD and Solaris.
Never the less, only time would tell what will be quality of ATI's OSS drivers now that AMD had released the require specs.

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Old 10-09-07, 01:43 PM   #226
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YNever the less, only time would tell what will be quality of ATI's OSS drivers now that AMD had released the require specs.

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The 3D specs have not been released yet. Intentions, yes, 2D stuff yes, but we are not there yet.
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The 3D specs have not been released yet. Intentions, yes, 2D stuff yes, but we are not there yet.
Bad wording on my part.
s/now that AMD had released the require/once AMD releases all the required/g

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Yes, please !!!!

w/ nvidia having a very sizable market lead over ATI, & ATI having recently announced a commitentment to open source OS's like Linux, I think it would be a great idea if Nvidia continues the lead into Linux/BSD.

Support it better & before they do.

Oh, while your at it, please release nvidia nForce drivers for RAID PLEASE !!!

Don't get me wrong, not an ATI hater at all, competition is good.
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