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Old 10-02-07, 09:57 AM   #1
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Would there be any chance of an official(ish) summary as to what is happening with getting the nvidia drivers supported running on the Xen kernel. Any information would be great.

I'm looking for out-of-the-box support here - no patching please.

My specific request is for RHEL5 and Fedora 7.

The current spec I have is 2x Quadro FX4600's with 768Mb each & SLI in each workstation driving 2x 30" 2560x1600 monitors. There are 30 of these at work at the moment and we're looking to upgrade a further 125 over the next year.

Nvidia happens to be the card of choice at the moment, but if we can't run the Xen kernel on RHEL5.1 with full nvidia driver support, we will have to look elsewhere.

Please tell me this is ongoing . . .

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Old 10-02-07, 12:39 PM   #2
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Search this forum. Some people have maid unofficial patches to get Xen working. Though this is unsupported.
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Old 10-04-07, 10:02 AM   #3
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Sorry - didn't make it clear. I've been searching the internet for the last month or two and nothing seems to be written.

Unofficial patches are, unfortunately, useless to us in a corporate environment.

The only course acceptable to my employers is official Nvidia drivers that support RHEL5.1 running a Xen kernel.

Reason: High end graphics workstations running RHEL 5.1 are the hosts. Would like to run Xen guests like WinXP and/or Vista. Initially these would be just for standard desktop use, but would also like to be able to run 3D apps through the XenGL interface later on.

Cheers

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Old 10-15-07, 09:16 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by drunkahol
Sorry - didn't make it clear. I've been searching the internet for the last month or two and nothing seems to be written.

Unofficial patches are, unfortunately, useless to us in a corporate environment.

The only course acceptable to my employers is official Nvidia drivers that support RHEL5.1 running a Xen kernel.

Reason: High end graphics workstations running RHEL 5.1 are the hosts. Would like to run Xen guests like WinXP and/or Vista. Initially these would be just for standard desktop use, but would also like to be able to run 3D apps through the XenGL interface later on.

Cheers

Duncan
If you require good 3D performance and don't really need Xen, VMWare server/workstation is a very interesting option.
However, If you're looking for official Xen support you should -really- consider switching graphics cards to OSS-driven ones. (And prepare for a massive 3D performance hit.)

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