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Re: [gNewSense-users] Tool in repos suggesting non-free drivers

From: Bruno Miguel
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] Tool in repos suggesting non-free drivers
Date: Tue, 1 Jul 2008 11:10:08 +0100

The nv, I think, is the nouveau driver. At least that's what I think,
based on the information in the website you linked. And that driver,
for what I've read and understood (I have really low technical
expertise on these matters), it's stable with 2D but not with 3D :(

[insert_you_favorite_religious_figure] damn NVidia for not releasing
the specifications.

On Tue, Jul 1, 2008 at 10:07 AM, Eric Padman <address@hidden> wrote:
> Hi Bruno,
> The extent of my experience of NVidia cards is helping a friend to
> install Ubuntu where he wanted to use the proprietary driver, so I'm
> probably not the best person to ask. That being said, I think nv (the
> default) would be your safest bet but nouveau would offer you better
> performance. The status matrix for your card's support with noveau on
> the wiki says it offers EXA, XRender, and Xv support. I don't
> know how stable the nouveau drivers are though having not used them
> myself.
> Cheers,
> Eric (MentalNotes)
> 2008/7/1 Bruno Miguel <address@hidden>:
>> So, between Nouveau, Vesa and VGA, what would you recommend for an
>> NVidia GForce FX 5600 (old one, I know)?
>> On Tue, Jul 1, 2008 at 9:28 AM, Eric Padman <address@hidden> wrote:
>>> On Tue, 2008-07-01 at 05:49 +0100, Bruno Miguel wrote:
>>>> Hi
>>>> I was trying to find a tool in gNS repositories that could help me
>>>> easily configure my xorg.conf to work with the free nvidia driver and
>>>> I stumbled across envyng. This little tool seems to suggests the
>>>> instalation of non-free NVidia and ATI drivers, as you can see by this
>>>> screenshot: 
>>>> Since I'm writing this email, does anyone know a simple way to make
>>>> Xorg work with the free NVidia drivers? I think mine is using the Vesa
>>>> driver. At least, that is the interpretation I make from this:
>>>> Section "Device"
>>>>       Identifier      "Configured Video Device"
>>>> EndSection
>>>> Recording screencasts with this can be a real pain, a real *slow* pain.
>>>> Peace;
>>>> Bruno Miguel
>>>> _______________________________________________
>>>> gNewSense-users mailing list
>>>> address@hidden
>>> Hi,
>>> Xorg in Ubuntu (and therefore gNewSense) seems to be configured with
>>> displayconfig-gtk as root. It is in the gnome menu ´╗┐but it is not shown
>>> by default. It is labelled as Screens and Graphics in the Other section.
>>> I have a ~6 year old Dell which has the free Intel drivers and my
>>> xorg.conf shows the same Device section.
>>> The wiki [] says that the free NVidia
>>> (nv) video driver doesn't offer hardware acceleration which would
>>> explain the slowness when recording screencasts.
>>> Cheers,
>>> Eric (MentalNotes)

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