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Glad to see all of this positive attention Linux is getting. There's definitely a lot of coincidences among all gaming related news (Mantle, Steam OS, Dice, etc), and it looks like AMD and Linux are going to benefit greatly from all of this biggrin.gif
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pretty sure amd and nvidia has been working in the backline with steam for a while on a project of such magnitude.probably going to pull a hat trick and release the whole shabang when steamOS actually does hit the ground running.
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I've always heard that Nvidia has had better driver support for Linux both performance and stability wise, but lately I've been hearing a lot about how much Nvidia sucks and how little they do for Linux (outside of Android). I also saw the video where Linus talks about Nvidia says gives them a big 'eff you. Most of the good things I've heard about Nvidia and Linux were before AMD bought ATI. Can anyone explain this?

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I've always heard that Nvidia has had better driver support for Linux both performance and stability wise, but lately I've been hearing a lot about how much Nvidia sucks and how little they do for Linux (outside of Android). I also saw the video where Linus talks about Nvidia says gives them a big 'eff you. Most of the good things I've heard about Nvidia and Linux were before AMD bought ATI. Can anyone explain this?

First of all, the NVIDIA Linux driver is still working the best in comparison to the drivers for other GPUs.

Technically, a driver is a part of the kernel. In the Linux kernel source, there is source code for every single device supported. It's all in the open for you to see.

NVIDIA's driver is closed source. They release it already compiled as a module, and it is loaded into the kernel. To get around the problem that technically everyone can have their own unique kernel, I think there is source for a small module that interfaces with the real driver that's only available already compiled.

There is an open source driver for NVIDIA GPUs. The open source driver is made without any documentation about the hardware. Their understanding about the GPU is reverse engineered. NVIDIA did not help in any way, but I heard something about them promising to change in the future.

Also, if you didn't see it, this is Linus Torvalds' opinion about NVIDIA (video length is 0:41):
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post #25 of 25
I will be doing a build with an AMD GPU in January and my goal is to get it to run all Linux stuff, so this will be interesting. There will probably be additional improvements by then, no doubt. smile.gif

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