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[Ritger] wrote that "more BIOS-related information is in the pipeline," and that "Our goal is for the Nouveau driver to give NVIDIA users a reasonable out-of-the-box experience. This entails things like successful GPU initialization, display configuration, and basic 2D and 3D rendering. The DCB and other BIOS-related information will hopefully help improve some scenarios where Nouveau had initialization problems, or display enumeration sorts of challenges."

What information Nvidia releases will be "largely based on feedback from the Nouveau community," he also wrote. "So far, feedback from Nouveau guys has been that the DCB spec is actually more useful than I expected it to be, which is great news."

http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2013/09/nvidia-seeks-peace-with-linux-pledges-help-on-open-source-driver/
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Saw thia on Phoronix. Let's hope they push AMD along with them. Development is slow.
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They're only doing it because they don't wanna go out of business when SteamOS hits the market. Seeing as they're probably throwing AMD cards in all the in-development steamboxes.
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They're only doing it because they don't wanna go out of business when SteamOS hits the market. Seeing as they're probably throwing AMD cards in all the in-development steamboxes.

Actually Nvidia are teaming up with Valve for the SteamBoxes:
http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2013/09/26/nvidia-working-with-valve-linux-community-for-steamos/
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From a development perspective - both for NV and the open source community, this is the perfect development model. Period. If NV shifts their code base to primarily open source, they win the GPU campaign for Linux instantly. When new display technologies present themselves (Mir, Wayland, etc.) or other incompatibilities present themselves (A shift in the kernel level device interface is projected for the future at some point) the community can rapidly update the drivers to a working point. NV can then also submit code changes and optimizations, and when they feel they have a solid driver package they can snapshot the tree as an official driver release. It's just a win-win situation. ATi had the opportunity to do this and blew it, let's hope NV doesn't do the same.

This could be a turning point in manufacturer relations with the Linux community, and a good one at that. This sort of model SHOULD be the development model for all complex hardware on FLOSS based platforms...
    
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Actually Nvidia are teaming up with Valve for the SteamBoxes:
http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2013/09/26/nvidia-working-with-valve-linux-community-for-steamos/


Oh I didn't see that. Its not a surprise though. I still don't think they really have a choice but to cooperate now though.
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