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Old 09-05-05, 04:46 AM   #1
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Default When the 1 Nvidia Linux driver was released?

Other day I was talking with a friend that said that Nvidia released it first driver for Linux in the end of the GF2 Era. When he said that, I became very curious to know with more precision the release data and asked him, but he said that didn't remember. So I came here to know if someone know the approach data. My guess is that it was released in the very end of 2000 and if not, the very beggining of 2001. It was the first Linux 3D driver for a common desktop 3D card isn't ?
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Old 09-05-05, 05:00 AM   #2
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The first nvidia (opensource!!) linux drivers were released I think lets say during the summer of 1999. Those drivers were for Xfree86 3.3x and were very slow (barely accelerated), games like quake2/quake3 were about unplayable. Performance of other cards like the rage3d, mga200/400, 3dfx voodoo/voodoo2 was a lot better.

In the spring of 2000 the first 'real' nvidia drivers for tnt/geforce1 cards were released for xfree86 4.x drivers. These were a huge improvement over the old ones and were a lot faster in 3d but instead of being opensource these were closed source.
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Old 09-05-05, 05:22 AM   #3
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Cool, I didn't remember about these old open source drivers! Now that you said, I remember that Mandrake 9 had an option that would enable "experimental 3D acceleration" if the user choosed Xfree 3.3 instead a 4.x.

So the drivers were released not only before the the coming of 2.4 kernel, but before the GF2 series? Impressive accomplishment, if someone take into account that Linux was way less used and talked about in that times. Good vision and good respect for consumers and possible future consumers.
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Old 09-05-05, 05:44 AM   #4
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Nvidia was about forced to release drivers as all of their competitors had a form of linux support or they gave out specs or drivers. The quality of drivers from matrox and 3dfx was superior to nvidia.
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I would NEVER imagine that 3dfx and Matrox released drivers for Linux that time.
But their drivers were really good? The Nvidia's ones, until my knowledge goes, always were extremelly fast and supported all possible OpenGL extentions. 3DFX always gave me the impression of putting Ogl in second place, so I would think that they would care even less about Linux. And for some reason, I would never think that Matrox supported Linux
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Old 09-05-05, 08:35 AM   #6
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At the time 3dfx cards were the first ones with 3d support on linux using glide. Further they also released specs and things like that, it really were the best cards for linux support. You could say that nvidia was one of the first with officially supported drivers.
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Old 09-05-05, 10:11 PM   #7
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Quote:
Originally Posted by cultson
I would NEVER imagine that 3dfx and Matrox released drivers for Linux that time. But their drivers were really good?
At that time, the 3dfx Voodoo3 was about three times faster than nvidia
TNT2 or Matrox G200 with Linux. In summer 1999, i wrote an article
comparing those cards (unfortnuatly, the article is in german language):

http://www.linux-magazin.de/Artikel/...hikkarten.html
benchmark diagrams:
http://www.linux-magazin.de/Artikel/...n/viewperf.gif
http://www.linux-magazin.de/Artikel/...ten/q3test.gif


A year later, things looked pretty different when nvidia released
it's closed source driver:

http://www.linux-magazin.de/Artikel/...artenTest.html
benchmark diagram:
http://www.linux-magazin.de/Artikel/...ramm_vp611.jpg


However, although i think (from experience) that ATI typically
lags behind Nvidia concerning performance and stability of linux
drivers, there have been times when ATI was ahead concerning performance:

http://www.linux-magazin.de/Artikel/...fikkarten.html
benchmark diagram:
http://www.linux-magazin.de/Artikel/.../diagramm1.jpg

http://www.linux-magazin.de/Artikel/...karten-de.html
benchmark diagrams
http://www.linux-magazin.de/Artikel/...arten/abb1.jpg

regards

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