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Accelerated nVidia Drivers for FreeBSD

michael posted more than 11 years ago | from the bring-out-all-the-freebsd-games dept.

Graphics 293

zero0w writes "nVidia has released the official OpenGL accelerated driver set for FreeBSD 4.7 STABLE. Check out the nVidia Driver page for more detail. According to the page, this release should be considered as initial beta. So don't count on it to build a day-to-day production system, yet."

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A very special "FP" on the next episode of /. (-1)

crow_t_robot (528562) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624387)

Thank you very little.

Re:A very special "FP" on the next episode of /. (-1)

crow_t_robot (528562) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624430)

An FP on a test day. This is a good sign. I'd like to thank all that little people that helped make this FP possible. I'd especially like to thank my FreeBSD NAT that helped deliver this very special FP. And now I'm off to my control systems test. Wish me luck, slashdot. Here is a control haiku for you:

Zero-order hold?
State space to transfer function?
Forgot that lesson

Peas out, cheesetits.

Re:A very special "FP" on the next episode of /. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4624500)

Please keep it short.

"I wish to thank my dad, mom and my cock without whom I would not be here today."

Re:A very special "FP" on the next episode of /. (1)

[Galaxie] (40909) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624442)

As a 7 year linux user who has just recently switched to freebsd i would say thank you very much. originally i made the switch from linux to freebsd on any servers (still 1 or 2 left running linux) but after install bsd on my laptop my last concern was the nvidia driver, which was always maintained outside of nvidia up until this point.

The linux driver performed very well, hopefully the freebsd driver will get up to it's speed and i can get slackware off of my laptop and start running an easier to maintain OS.

Re:A very special "FP" on the next episode of /. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4624506)

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um (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4624389)

Wooooohooooo!

Who's up to writing an OpenGL system monitor?

waaah (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4624391)

*BSD users dont own good video boards. they only care to spend our time crying about how BSD is alive, when its really DEAD.
troll.

initial beta? (4, Funny)

sczimme (603413) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624400)

According to the page, this release should be considered as initial beta

Isn't that usually called 'alpha'?

Re:initial beta? (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4624426)

No an alpha stage is when the internal company does the testing. Beta is generally given out to trusted 3rd parties and rarely the public. An alpha release will be so full of bugs that the program isnt usable. a beta release on the other hand should contain very few bugs and they shouldnt be related the actual use of the program. In the case of drivers this means it should work but playing an accellerated game or something that uses a feature like vertex shaders etc might not work as expected but 2d graphics and the default feature set should be pretty stable.

Re:initial beta? (2, Funny)

jmenezes (100986) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624613)

Unless your Microsoft, in which case beta is where everything gets pressed on the CDs and a several hundred dollar price tag gets put on it, right?

Re:initial beta? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4624863)

Unless my Microsoft what?

Re:initial beta? (3, Funny)

benwb (96829) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624885)

No, no, no, that's alpha. When a product hits beta Microsoft stops supporting it.

Re:initial beta? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4624468)

Alpha releases are meant for developers of the same project who contribute to the codebase. They are used as milestones usually (if the source code is maintained by a revision tracking system). Alpha releases may not compile and/or work at all.

Beta releases on the other hand are for users, who volunteer to test a pre-release which is likely to be unstable but usable. This is so that a much wider userbase can test the product and discover as many bugs as possible before a stable release.

Re:initial beta? (1)

Duds (100634) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624470)

Not if it's largely feature complete.

If the first release was largely feature finished then you could call it beta.

and it's the inital relases so... :)

Re:initial beta? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4624755)

No.

Dissidents in all countries, unite! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4624401)

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Re:Dissidents in all countries, unite! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4624483)

Mod parrent down!

Blatant attempts at advertising like this should not be tolerated!

FreeBSD != Linux (5, Insightful)

OrangeSpyderMan (589635) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624403)

The nvidia page is fairly annoying on this point - the direct link to the drivers is under a subtitle "For Linux Users", and on the installation instructions we can read, "Please note that the NVIDIA driver set requires XFree version 4.2 or greater. If this is not available on your linux distribution,"

A shame to muddy a laudible effort such as BSD drivers with a couple of dumb (lazy?) errors. I can appreciate that much of the info may be common to both, but to explicitly ignore the fundamental differences is a bit of a shame.

Re:FreeBSD != Linux (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4624457)

Thank you. Nobody but a wanker who is making a point out of using BSD just because it is not linux would have noticed that.

Now I just can't wait for all the whiny little bitches who say "if only they would release the source - but as it stands this is against my principles! I shall have to continue using my Tseng Labs ET4000, with drivers reverse engineered by RMS over a 15 year period and currently standing at 0.01a. And I know if the framerate isn't good enough then I (or my mum, when she has done my washing) can just rewrite them, for I have the source!"

Re:FreeBSD != Linux (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4624517)

This post is insightful, please mod up.

Re:FreeBSD != Linux (2, Insightful)

aeakett (561176) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624751)

Believe it or not, not all /.ers are linux bigots. Or even free software bigots. Nvidia is a big company that should have it's sh*t together enough no to make mistakes like this. They should probably realize that the may have a hard enough time selling their (I assume) binary only drivers to the FreeBSD crowd, without alienating them with this slip-up.

That said, free software proponents shouldn't pan Nvidia for distributing binary only drivers. They are in a competative field, and need to protect their IP (oh, I can see the flames coming now). The fact that they are supporting a free operating system at all (especially one with a relativly small installation base), is cause for celebration.

Re:FreeBSD != Linux (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4624748)

What a twat. Sad, sad, sad...

Unreal Torunament (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4624404)

Does This now mean taht I can play Unreal Tournament using the linux binarys, SWEEEEEEEEEET

Woohoo... (-1)

slashuzer (580287) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624405)

Now I can play all the latest games on my BSD boxen! Err, wait......

Aside: This Graphics color theme fucking rocks. Who came up with it? Taco?

Re:Woohoo... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4624464)

boxen

Fucking get it will you, dumbfuck, the plural of box is boxes, not boxen, boxer, boxep, boxet, boxed - BOXES. That's a friggin S at the end, now why the fuck do you dumb wankers insist on switching with an "n"? You can't all be German, surely? No, but you're all fucking stupid.

Great! But... (2, Interesting)

CheeseCow (576966) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624408)

...the question is, will my games run faster on FreeBSD?

--
Regards,
CheeseCow

Re:Great! But... (1, Informative)

Clue4All (580842) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624525)

Yes, games for Linux have been known to run much faster under FreeBSD's Linux emulation, even with the overhead of emulation. It's always made me wonder what Linux is doing so wrong, but I've never looked into it.

Re:Great! But... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4624776)

Hahahaha.

Nice one, moderators... you just modded up a troll.

Re:Great! But... (5, Funny)

swordboy (472941) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624614)

...the question is, will my games run faster on FreeBSD?

I dunno but SSH runs great on my headless nForce firewall.

w00t!

Yes, yes, wonderful... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4624427)

This is soem of teh rawk. I've been wondering when I'd be able to even run X on my FreeBSD box.

The real question is when NetBSD will get ported to the Aibo platform.

Can I take one 2 Go? (3, Insightful)

jpmahala (181937) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624429)

From their site:

NOTE: GeForce2 Go and GeForce4 Go mobile processors are not supported in this driver. Please contact the notebook's manufacturer for graphics drivers for your notebook PC.

Sucks for my Dell Inspiron 8100. Anyone know if there is any way to set up drivers for the GeForce2Go?

Re:Can I take one 2 Go? (1)

i_am_nitrogen (524475) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624584)

That's odd that the FreeBSD driver wouldn't support the gfxgo line, when the Linux driver handles it just fine...

Re:Can I take one 2 Go? (5, Informative)

tgreiner (107912) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624616)

These drivers work perfectly with GeForce2 Go cards. I'm writing this on a Dell Inspiron 8200 with GeForce2 Go.

From 'glxinfo':

OpenGL vendor string: NVIDIA Corporation
OpenGL renderer string: GeForce2 MX/AGP/SSE2
OpenGL version string: 1.3.1 NVIDIA 32.03

and:

$ uname -a
FreeBSD tybalt 4.7-STABLE FreeBSD 4.7-STABLE #39: Fri Nov 8 14:42:57 CET 2002 thorsten@tybalt:/usr/src/sys/compile/TYBALT i386

Re:Can I take one 2 Go? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4624640)

Yes: install Windows.

Re:Can I take one 2 Go? (1)

fdisk3hs (513270) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624702)

My GeForce2Go runs under NetBSD just fine with this
XF86Config [lib.oh.us]

You probably have to change the mouse to the FreeBSD name for the console mouse...

BTW, I use fbdev under Linux because I believe the laptop runs cooler and the battery holds up longer. Here is the XF86Config-4 [lib.oh.us]

Haven't tried any games, I'm sure the nVidia driver is better for that...

well it is about time! (2, Troll)

JDizzy (85499) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624433)

We BSD folk have been waitting for this, because we like to play Quake too! The bad part is where are the drivers? Nvidia's web page [nvidia.com] only show's the Finux variety. Hopefully the website will update soon. There is no mention of this on the FreeBSD -stable mail-list from any Nvidia folks, so I'm a bit skeptable. The only mention on the FreeBSD list thus far is also pointing to the same website, with not metion of FreeBSD driveres.

Re:well it is about time! (4, Informative)

dinivin (444905) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624440)

You were saying? [nvidia.com]

Dinivin

Re:well it is about time! (1)

dinivin (444905) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624448)


Ooops... Meant to point out the links along the side (just above Step 3), one of which says "FreeBSD Drivers"

Re:well it is about time! (1)

JDizzy (85499) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624604)

Ah...NO... the links you mention do NOT exist. At least not that I can see in, or above, the 3rd step. For those that are wondering, the link above will warp you to a page with three steps: products, part#, and OS. Looking in the Linux area [nvidia.com] only shows stuff for Finux distro, and there is not mention of FreeBSD!

So at this point, this still looks like a hoax to me! However, is is well known that nvidia IS working on a FreeBSD native driver. It just doesn't look like its finished yet. No Nvidia people have posted anythign to the -STABLE [freebsd.org] mailling list yet. Mind you no employee's of Nvidia have. Other post's there could be from the same people trolling this hoax.

again (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4624657)

You are either blind or an idiot. Please relinquish your +1 bonus for posting such uninformed tripe. The link does exist. See below.

http://www.nvidia.com/view.asp?IO=freebsd_1.0-32 03

Re:well it is about time! (2)

dinivin (444905) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624671)


Are you freakin' blind? Above the three steps, along the right hand side, are links to linux drivers, linux ia64 drivers, and freebsd drivers.

Dinivin

Re:well it is about time! (1)

rekulator (582156) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624683)

It's there. You pick "Graphics Driver", "GeForce and TNT" and "FreeBSD", press "Go" and you get to the FreeBSD driver page [nvidia.com]
If you still can't find it click here for a direct link to the driver [nvidia.com]

Re:well it is about time! (1)

JDizzy (85499) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624897)

Thank you, and now I belive it is not a hoax.

I simply don't know why my browser (Linux-Mozzila on 4.7-stable) is not showing me the linkage. Oh well... I cleared my cache, and reloaded the page a few time just to make sure. I should make a screen shot to prove the na-sayers that I'm not blind!

Anyways, thx for the direct link! =)

Re:well it is about time! (2)

Zapdos (70654) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624695)

Wow I Just downloaded a Hoax named NVIDIA_FreeBSD-1.0-3203.tar.gz
md5sum b982db9e898a0f3a46c2bf9d15c320d2
and I am in the process of installing it.

Re:well it is about time! (2)

biohazard99 (114288) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624706)

It would appear to be a caching issue on their end or with our akami box (if NVIDIA is part of their setup), I'm not getting it either.

Re:well it is about time! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4624453)

You are a absolute idiot. I'm sorry. Please relenquish your +1 bonus.

http://www.nvidia.com/view.asp?IO=freebsd_1.0-32 03

what a waste of time (-1)

neal n bob (531011) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624439)

on a dead OS.

waiting.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4624444)

*awaits for the BSD is dieing (or dead) post*

So what? (0, Troll)

No inspiration (572003) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624454)

I don't mean to troll, but are there any _existing_ applications / games that would benefit from this?

Re:So what? (1)

daoine_sidhe (619572) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624462)

Yes, actually, I was looking just last night to see if there was any way to make Tuxkart playable :). Now there is...

Re:So what? (5, Informative)

dinivin (444905) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624473)

I don't mean to troll, but are there any _existing_ applications / games that would benefit from this?

Sure... Every 3D linux game: Rune, heretic2, q3a, ut, ut2003, descent, hg2, sof, terminus, parsec... Should I continue?

Dinivin

Re:So what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4624530)

Just a note..

Many BSD advocates denounce Linux, and one of their complaints is that it's too main stream.

The reason those games exist is because it's becoming popular. You have Linux to thank for those games, if they do indeed work with the linux binary emulation. I hear it's not perfect.

Re:So what? (1, Funny)

Textbook Error (590676) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624760)

Every 3D linux game: Rune, heretic2, q3a, ut, ut2003, descent, hg2, sof, terminus, parsec... Should I continue?

Nope, I think you got them all...

Re:So what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4624883)

Nope, he didn't. He forgot at least TuxRacing, Return to Castle Wolfenstein, Myth II, Tribes 2.

I think TuxKart would also benefit, as well as the original Unreal.

Re:So what? (1)

Pius II. (525191) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624492)

Well, then why do you troll? What about Quake I, II, UT (all open source) and UT2003 and Quake 3 (Linux ABI layer) [has Q3 a Linux version]? Last time I checked, they were pretty graphics intensive. I guess this hasn't changed. But I'll gladly check again. They certainly exist, too.
Now I could, of course, start to list all those other (open source) programs out there, but I think this is already enough. Plus, I still gotta check if UT2003 is still as beautiful as five minutes ago.

Re:So what? (1)

geekopus (130194) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624518)

/usr/ports/astro/celestia is a good example.

Netcraft Reports: BSD is dying (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4624455)

It is official; Netcraft now confirms: *BSD is dying

One more crippling bombshell hit the already beleaguered *BSD community when IDC confirmed that *BSD market share has dropped yet again, now down to less than a fraction of 1 percent of all servers. Coming close on the heels of a recent Netcraft survey which plainly states that *BSD has lost more market share, this news serves to reinforce what we've known all along. *BSD is collapsing in complete disarray, as fittingly exemplified by failing dead last [samag.com] in the recent Sys Admin comprehensive networking test.

You don't need to be a Kreskin [amazingkreskin.com] to predict *BSD's future. The hand writing is on the wall: *BSD faces a bleak future. In fact there won't be any future at all for *BSD because *BSD is dying. Things are looking very bad for *BSD. As many of us are already aware, *BSD continues to lose market share. Red ink flows like a river of blood.

FreeBSD is the most endangered of them all, having lost 93% of its core developers. The sudden and unpleasant departures of long time FreeBSD developers Jordan Hubbard and Mike Smith only serve to underscore the point more clearly. There can no longer be any doubt: FreeBSD is dying.

Let's keep to the facts and look at the numbers.

OpenBSD leader Theo states that there are 7000 users of OpenBSD. How many users of NetBSD are there? Let's see. The number of OpenBSD versus NetBSD posts on Usenet is roughly in ratio of 5 to 1. Therefore there are about 7000/5 = 1400 NetBSD users. BSD/OS posts on Usenet are about half of the volume of NetBSD posts. Therefore there are about 700 users of BSD/OS. A recent article put FreeBSD at about 80 percent of the *BSD market. Therefore there are (7000+1400+700)*4 = 36400 FreeBSD users. This is consistent with the number of FreeBSD Usenet posts.

Due to the troubles of Walnut Creek, abysmal sales and so on, FreeBSD went out of business and was taken over by BSDI who sell another troubled OS. Now BSDI is also dead, its corpse turned over to yet another charnel house.

All major surveys show that *BSD has steadily declined in market share. *BSD is very sick and its long term survival prospects are very dim. If *BSD is to survive at all it will be among OS dilettante dabblers. *BSD continues to decay. Nothing short of a cockeyed miracle could save *BSD from its fate at this point in time. For all practical purposes, *BSD is dead.

Fact: *BSD is dying

Re:Netcraft Reports: BSD is dying (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4624496)

where the hell do you get these numbers? i know i'm feeding a troll.. but i'm really curious as to where you get these calculations..

Re:Netcraft Reports: BSD is dying (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4624668)

He made them up; the only reason this keeps
getting posted is that moronic BSD fanatics
like you keep bitting.

Does BSD for games make sense? (3, Interesting)

Max Romantschuk (132276) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624463)

I'm the kind of person who likes to run Windows for games and multimedia, and Linux for server stuff.

It has been under my impression that BSD development is even more focused on server side and ultra stable solutions.

Of course drivers make sense to use X on BSD, but what about games? Does it pay off to keep BSD for games, or is it simpler to use Linux/Windows for gaming? Just wondering, I guess :)

Re:Does BSD for games make sense? (2)

Ded Bob (67043) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624595)

It has been under my impression that BSD development is even more focused on server side and ultra stable solutions.

I do not know about you, but I like game play to be ultra stable. :)

Seriously, I bought a Ti4200 which I run under Win2k and FreeBSD. I am excited about having better 3D performance under FreeBSD for trying out games (through Linux ABI support or not) and speeding up xlockmore 3D, which should impress some people I know.

First, I will be trying out the Atlantis screen saver mode as my root window. :)

Finally! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4624471)

Finally I can stop dual-booting to Linux just so I can play games...

Sure, rub it in (5, Funny)

dubbayu_d_40 (622643) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624477)

As if your shell wasn't already 100X better than my dos console, you just have to go and make it paint faster.

Source code... nVidia... (0, Troll)

pVoid (607584) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624479)

Not that I believe nVidia should be giving out the source code, but I must admit, I'm *really* really curious to see what their source would look like.

nVidia is probably my favorite 'huge' company in the world. They are just simply righteous.

Kudos to them really.

Re:Source code... nVidia... (2, Informative)

Luke-Jr (574047) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624494)

Well, their Linux kernel driver comes with source code (not distributable, but you can read it...) From what I hear, the only reason the GLX doesn't have sources available is because nVidia doesn't own some of the code it uses.

Re:Source code... nVidia... (2)

dinivin (444905) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624503)


The kernel driver "source code" is simply a few lines of code wrapped around another binary module.

Dinivin

BSD driver Source code... nVidia... (2)

Gtz (18854) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624583)

The source code in the BSD driver archive looks different. It doesn't link to a static library for a kernel module. Is this only because the architecture of BSD is different, or is the driver part for BSD more open than the Linux driver?

Re:Source code... nVidia... (5, Insightful)

Darren Winsper (136155) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624515)

Not exactly. Their kernel module contains a very large binary and some code to act as an interface between the kernel and the big binary file. This allows them to keep the source closed while allowing people to compile it for newer kernels as they come out.

Re:Source code... nVidia... (2)

eyez (119632) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624620)

Well, their Linux kernel driver comes with source code (not distributable, but you can read it...) From what I hear, the only reason the GLX doesn't have sources available is because nVidia doesn't own some of the code it uses.

This is not true- What they do have is a pre-compiled binary image and a bunch of source code that hooks it into the linux kernel once the extra source is compiled, it links it into the binary code. The nVidia drivers are far from open-source. (I'm not complaining, mind you. I use the nVidia kernel modules with my machines and get fantastic performance)

Re:Source code... nVidia... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4624528)

There are a ton of wait() in , so for every new release of the drivers can remove some wait() and make it look like a bunch of genius programmers improving the speed. I KNOW. Why is no one suspicious that every driver release is significantly faster?

Re:Source code... nVidia... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4624834)

#include
#include

hresult winmain() ...
}

Just try to run /usr/bin/strings on the Linux binary driver... You'll find several registry keys in it (Yes, the windows registry).

Why? (1)

AsparagusChallenge (611475) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624487)

Easy. Blender. Or any 3d modelling app. You're going to need acceleration on that cases.

Perhaps this is what we have been waiting for ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4624490)

FreeBSD, or *BSD for that matter, are wonderful OS'es. I've always been passionate about the *BSD source tree and build process. Still why haven't I installed FreeBSD on my desktop system yet? You got it.. Accel OpenGL. Well.. Now it's ( sort of ) here, and I just had a thought that this might expand FreeBSD userbase... ??

NVIDIA Quadro4 Professional Graphics Selected (1, Offtopic)

randomErr (172078) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624533)

Here's a related nVidia story about a commercial studio using Linux and nVidia

NVIDIA Quadro4 Professional Graphics Selected as the Standard at Digital Domain

Award-Winning Production Studio Integrates NVIDIA Quadro4 XGL Solutions And NVIDIA Linux Drivers Throughout Its Production Pipeline

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in visual processing solutions, today announced that its NVIDIA Quadro(R)4 graphics solutions and Linux drivers are now the standard at Digital Domain. One of the largest digital studios in the world, Digital Domain hosts an integrated production studio that includes divisions for feature film visual effects, commercial production, music videos, location-based entertainment and feature film development. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20020613/NVDAL OGO ) "Like Digital Domain, we've founded our company with a mission to create world class visual imagery through the use of technology," said Dan Vivoli, vice president of marketing at NVIDIA. "To consistently produce great work, Digital Domain has to arm the best creative and technical teams with the best tools in the industry. NVIDIA provides them with the complete package -- graphics technology that exemplifies the standard of excellence Digital Domain embodies, and the level of technical and customer support they expect from a strategic technology partner." Digital Domain is transitioning all of its 2D and 3D production workstations to include NVIDIA Quadro4 XGL professional graphics solutions, NVIDIA's Unified Driver Architecture (UDA), and the Linux operating system. The company is also deploying NVIDIA Quadro4 graphics hardware and Linux software drivers in its software development, digital content creation studio and systems administration departments. NVIDIA's graphics solutions will be used to support every phase of commercial and feature film digital content creation-from the creation of 3D animation and effects to 2D compositing, painting and rotoscoping. In fact, NVIDIA Quadro4 graphics solutions are currently being applied to Digital Domain's visual effects work on two feature film projects, The Day After Tomorrow and Daredevil, as well as a multitude of commercials. In addition to standardizing on NVIDIA Quadro4 graphics solutions, Digital Domain and NVIDIA have completed extensive testing of Digital Domain's proprietary NUKE software on NVIDIA Quadro4 graphics hardware. NUKE is Digital Domain's Academy Award(R)-winning compositing software for the Microsoft(R) Windows(R), Linux and IRIX(R) operating systems, and it has been used on every feature film Digital Domain has worked on, including True Lies, Titanic and xXx. Digital Domain's new software subsidiary, D2 Software, Inc., will soon begin making NUKE commercially available, and when it does, the digital artist community can be assured that extensive testing has been done to ensure that it will operate flawlessly with NVIDIA Quadro4 professional graphics solutions. "What has distinguished NVIDIA most for us has been their customer service and their commitment to helping Digital Domain experience a smooth transition to Linux," said Michael Taylor, Vice President of the Digital Studio at Digital Domain. "We're also impressed with the quality of their Linux drivers and the level of cooperation we received to make sure that NUKE runs impeccably with their professional graphics hardware. We don't give praise lightly and we pick our technology partners with great care. NVIDIA has earned our business by providing outstanding graphics hardware, software and support that we can rely on."

About Digital Domain With its cutting-edge production pipeline, Digital Domain has established a world-class reputation for innovation and artistry, having received two Academy Awards(R) for What Dreams May Come and Titanic (the highest-grossing film in motion picture history), as well as two Technical Achievement Academy Awards(R) for proprietary software. Over the last nine years, the company's feature film division has produced visual effects for films that have generated over $4 billion dollars in worldwide box office receipts. In addition, the company's commercial division is widely considered the premiere visual effects studio in the advertising industry and has been awarded fourteen CLIO Awards, including a "Hall Of Fame" Award in 2001 for its Jeep Snow Covered spot. The company has also been honored with BAFTA Awards, numerous Gold Lions and a Grand Prix award from the Cannes International Advertising Festival, MTV Music Video Awards and a Grammy for Best Music Video.

About NVIDIA NVIDIA Corporation is a market leader in visual computing technology dedicated to creating products that enhance the interactive experience on consumer and professional computing platforms. Its graphics and communications processors have broad market reach and are incorporated into a wide variety of computing platforms, including consumer digital-media PCs, enterprise PCs, professional workstations, digital content creation systems, notebook PCs, military navigation systems and video games consoles. NVIDIA is headquartered in Santa Clara, California and employs more than 1,400 people worldwide. For more information, visit the company's Web site at http://www.nvidia.com .

Certain statements in this press release, including the statements relating to the Company's performance expectations for NVIDIA's family of products and expectations of continued revenue growth, are forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause results to be materially different than expectations. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, manufacturing and other delays relating to new products, difficulties in the fabrication process and dependence of the Company on third-party manufacturers, general industry trends including cyclical trends in the PC and semiconductor industries, the impact of competitive products and pricing alternatives, market acceptance of the Company's new products, and the Company's dependence on third-party developers and publishers. Investors are advised to read the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, particularly those sections entitled "Certain Business Risks," for a fuller discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties.

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FACT: NVIDIA is dying (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4624537)

It is official; 3D Gamers.com now confirms: NVIDIA is dying.

One more crippling bombshell hit the happily fragging NVIDIA community when /. confirmed that NVIDIA drivers are coming to FreeBSD. Coming close on the heels of the recent Doom3 beta, which plainly shows that we'll need the GeForce5s of the future to run it, uh, this news serves to reinforce what we've known all along. NVIDIA is collapsing in complete disarray, as fittingly exemplified by...er... putting a graphics card in every Apple, every X-Box...

Geez, trolling is a lot harder than I thought...

Re:FACT: NVIDIA is dying (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4624647)

You didn't mention the NV30 delay.

Re:FACT: NVIDIA is dying (1)

TCaM (308943) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624775)

Heh, thats the one I was waiting for since I started reading this one. I just knew someone had to do it.

Re:FACT: NVIDIA is dying (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4624893)

I geddit. You're like one of those shy types who thought of this post right from the start, but since you only just left your mom's house you're a bit afraid of making a fool of yourself so didn't post it - I mean, just in case the others didn't find it funny. Not to mention the risk of losing your precious karma - OMG, posting at +1.

[Posting Anon to preserve karma :-)]

WHAT'S MY NAME? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4624538)

Machoman!!

WHAT'S MY NAME?

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Re:WHAT'S MY NAME? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4624670)

I want to be a machoman.

Why (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4624542)

Why do BSD users want to be like Linux users if they hate Linux?

Linux is the Free Unix OS that can serve up web pages faster than Win2k, as well as outrun it in Quake 3. The left over niche which FreeBSD aims to fill must be terribly small..

Re:Why (5, Insightful)

daoine_sidhe (619572) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624605)

I have been a linux user for 3 years, and I decided to try FreeBSD 4.7. I found it much quicker and more stable; kernel compilation was ridiculously easy and fast, and accelerated opengl was one of my only issues with it. That has been taken care of now, so I can honestly say that my impression of FreeBSD is a _very_ good one. I don't hate linux; I still run Gentoo. I'm just tired of bloated, unstable distributions, and the only ones that have approached the performance and stability I've seen in FreeBSD are Gentoo and Debian. Now, I'm sure there are probably others; I just haven't had the pleasure of using them as of yet. So, in conclusion, as a FreeBSD user I do not hate linux, but as a linux user I'm beginning to become frustrated with the state of distributions. Does that answer the question?

Re:Why (1)

fdisk3hs (513270) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624769)

I hear ya on the bloated distros problem, and if you can run a BSD, then why not? I have to admit, though, that when on a Linux box, darn near anything is download-and-compile, which is not always the case in the BSDs...

Of course, you can always tweak your Linux install to pare it down. I tried Mandrake after using Slackware forever, and at first I HATED it, but once I got it set up properly, it ran great and the newer apps libraries etcetera were quite nice.

If you like BSD, use it. I have to agree on the kernel compile too.

Will it work with FreeBSD 5.0 and later? (3, Interesting)

Leimy (6717) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624564)

I haven't been running FreeBSD now for almost a month because my job is linux related and the more familiar I am with it the better I do.

I wasn't planning to use FreeBSD again until 5.0 got released which I *think* is slated for the end of the month still [whether it makes it or not is a different situation].

Anyway I hope this driver continues to work on later FreeBSDs as it was a major bummer to not have it the last 2 years I ran this OS.

Re:Will it work with FreeBSD 5.0 and later? (3, Informative)

dinivin (444905) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624590)


Rumor has it that it works with -CURRENT after you disable a check in nv-freebsd.h.

Dinivin

freebsd (1)

Abnormal Coward (575651) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624575)

I was considering freebsd due to advice from a few people (I normally run debian), but this has pretty much made my mind up!. I be getting freebsd once I get my dsl connection running ...

Congrads to nvidia.

Why have Nvidia done this? (3, Insightful)

jregel (39009) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624585)

Although it's nice to think that Nvidia are porting their drivers to FreeBSD because they are keen on supporting open solutions, the number of users is [relatively] tiny, and I don't find it particularly convincing.

What is more interesting is the possibility that Nvidia are contracted to develop drivers for a company that is developing a product that will run a BSD variant. What better way for Nvidia to test their new drivers than allow a public beta.

Pure speculation though, we'll have to wait to see whether anything comes of this.

Re:Why have Nvidia done this? (1)

user32.ExitWindowsEx (250475) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624602)

Mac OS X (approximately) = a BSD variant
Apple is a nVidia customer.
Wonder if that has any connection?

Re:Why have Nvidia done this? (3, Informative)

jo42 (227475) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624882)

> the number of users is [relatively] tiny

Everyone who uses Yahoo! uses FreeBSD...

Contratulations to FreeBSD! (0, Flamebait)

duffbeer703 (177751) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624633)

The three Nvidia developers who developed these drivers increased the size of the FreeBSD community by 300%!

Correction (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4624781)


the readme says:

if your XF86Config has a "Device" section with a 'Driver "nv"' line, you will need to update it to 'Driver "nv"'

this should say:

if your XF86Config has a "Device" section with a 'Driver "nv"' line, you will need to update it to 'Driver "nvidia"'

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FreeBSD drivers instead of for Linux? (1)

jdkane (588293) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624787)

Is targetting FreeBSD with the drivers (instead of Linux) a strategic move? My first thought is that Mac OsX is based on FreeBSD so maybe nVidia wants to do something there. However I don't understand the technical details, so if anyone can enlighten me it would be much appreciated. Thanks.

Re:FreeBSD drivers instead of for Linux? (3, Informative)

Nothinman (22765) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624884)

There's no "instead of" here, they have both.

OS X's userspace is from FreeBSD but the kernel is Mach, not FreeBSD.

woohoo (1)

Dukebytes (525932) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624794)

Its good to see this even if I dont need them. One of the biggest problems that I have had with FreeBSD is the X stuff. I just got 4.7 and finally have my work machine running X with an ATI Radeon VE.

I really think the BSD boxes will do a lot better out there if ppl could get X running quickly. Ports just rule and its fairly secure and very stable - big pluses to the OS. After I got X to run on my work box, 15 mins later I had mozilla, slypheed, and openoffice up and running, using ports of course. BOOM - I "could" pretty much just used BSD for work now.

I am in the process of learning BSD well enough so we can use it in the NOC when mgmt doesn't want to spend 1000 for an OS on an older box just to put up an FTP server or DNS etc... We are basically a MS house now.

But, It sucks when your in the middle of setting up user accounts or messing with ports or some other activity and have to reboot becuase the boss just called and wants you to check out such and such web site and look at the email he sent to you... Stop what your doing and reboot.

And the way the suits are complaining about MS license process around here now - this might help alot to be able to have options - when they ask "Well what else can we do......"

Duke

A production system? (2)

Tet (2721) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624817)

So don't count on it to build a day-to-day production system, yet.

Huh? Who on earth has a day to day production system that isn't headless? And one that requires accelerated OpenGL? I guess you could say that if you're talking about workstations for 3D modelling, perhaps. But who uses FreeBSD for that? The applications just aren't there. Don't get me wrong, the drivers are a step in the right direction, and without them, the applications will never follow. But the warning about not using it for production use is a little premature methinks...

Re:A production system? (2)

cjpez (148000) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624849)

Perhaps SGI workstations running FSN [sgi.com] ? :) FSV [sourceforge.net] for other unixes...

Production system? (2)

Noryungi (70322) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624835)

... Hello?

What is the point of putting a high-end graphical card into a FreeBSD server, for instance?

As far as I am concerned, for whatever i386+ FreeBSD server I have, I would only use the lowest of the low-end graphical card, something just good enough to install FreeBSD in VGA text mode, and not some fancy-schmancy NVidia with unstable alpha binary-only drivers!

Once installed, there is no need for graphics anyway, and OpenSSH is your friend!

On the other hand, I could use such a card on a graphical workstation (no, this is not a production system, AFAIK) if I was to use, say, Blender or the Gimp on a FreeBSD desktop machine.

Even then, I'd rather have something well-supported by XFree86...

Don't count on it for a production system? (2, Informative)

zaqattack911 (532040) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624868)

So don't count on it to build a day-to-day production system, yet.

ermm, I don't know about you .. but I'm not playing Quake3 on my unix/bsd production systems :)

production system. (1)

pheared (446683) | more than 11 years ago | (#4624911)

So don't count on it to build a day-to-day production system, yet.

How about, don't run quake on a production system.
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