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Re: NVIDIA driver

From: David <jmails@xxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2006 08:59:07 -0600

So. What are those of us with Nvidia cards to do? Install a different
video card?

Emiel Kollof wrote:
> Op dinsdag 14 februari 2006 13:00, schreef elekktretterr@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx:
>> Does the nvidia driver for FreeBSD work on DragonFly?
> I think I'm the most qualified to answer this, assuming you are talking about 
> the driver for Xorg ;)
> Short answer: No.
> Long answer: nVidia decided to ditch FreeBSD 4.x support. Combined with our 
> divergence from the FreeBSD 4 ABI, the userlands parts of the nVidia driver 
> isn't compatible anymore, nor will they ever be unless they decide to 
> recompile/release for DragonFlyBSD as well. I managed to port over the kernel 
> glue (of which the source is freely available), but it's useless without the 
> userland parts. Also, new kernel glue will not interface with old userland 
> stuff. The license of the driver also prohibits this.
> I already wrote several times to nVidia that I'd accept to sign an NDA to get 
> access to the driver source, but I haven't heard back from them yet. I'm 
> seriously considering starting a petition to get dfbsd support, but I don't 
> know if it will have any clout, since we're not "big" like FreeBSD yet.
> Hope this clarifies things a bit.
> Cheers,
> Emiel

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