Nvidia Transitioning To Official, Open-Source Linux GPU Kernel Driver

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"To much excitement and a sign of the times, the embargo has just expired on this super-exciting milestone that many of us have been hoping to see for many years. Over the past two decades NVIDIA has offered great Linux driver support with their proprietary driver stack, but with the success of AMD's open-source driver effort going on for more than a decade, many have been calling for NVIDIA to open up their drivers. Their user-space software is remaining closed-source but as of today they have formally opened up their Linux GPU kernel modules and will be maintaining it moving forward. [...] This isn't limited to just Tegra or so but spans not only their desktop graphics but is already production-ready for data center GPU usage."

https://linux.slashdot.org/story/22...-official-open-source-linux-gpu-kernel-driver
 

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Linux wasn’t worth supporting in 2012, wasn’t until maybe 2015 when the applications for Linux got to a place where the money was there to make it worth while.
Now there’s too many custom kernels floating around too many large datacenter’s all wanting something slightly different for it to be affordable to remain closed source.

But credit where credits due, AMD’s open drivers and hardware stack are finally at a place that they can think about challenging Nvidia in the Datacenter. Their open drivers can allow for rapid tweaks that tailor performance for specific tasks on custom kernels far faster than Nvidia can currently match. To not risk those contracts Nvidia has to go open source or they have to both hire engineers and decrease their pricing, that last one doesn’t look great on a balance sheet.
This may also have something to do with Intel as well so they should get an honourable mention here, supposedly their datacenter cards are doing great and are rock solid, but they are also open, in the sense that if you buy them you can have access to the code. Doubt we’re gonna see that on GitHub any time soon though.
 

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AMD Graphics Driver Surpassing 4 Million Lines Of Code In Linux 5.19, NVIDIA Opens Up At 1 Million

also benchmarks of the new OSS nvidia driver due out today:

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https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=nvidia-r515-open&num=1

The Initial Performance Of NVIDIA's R515 Open-Source Linux GPU Kernel Driver

Not bad out of the gate for an alpha driver with a few things like power management still not really there.

Nvidia may not have a great reputation in Linux circles... but if they can keep their open source driver up to snuff long term, it will go a long way to repairing that.
 
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