Nouveau is the reverse-engineered driver for NVIDIA GPUs; it has been developed for a number of years with no assistance from NVIDIA. Now, though, an NVIDIA developer has surfaced on the Nouveau list with an offer to help: "NVIDIA is releasing public documentation on certain aspects of our GPUs, with the intent to address areas that impact the out-of-the-box usability of NVIDIA GPUs with Nouveau. We intend to provide more documentation over time, and guidance in additional areas as we are able." This would appear to be a big step in the right direction.
September 24, 2013
NVIDIA to Provide Documentation for Nouveau
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