Making 3D Free for Innovation: Fedora 13 Graphics Drivers
May 11, 2010, 12:02 (0 Talkback[s])
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"This is the third post in our blog series highlighting cool
features slated for Fedora 13. Our first spotlight looked at the
enhancements in NetworkManager, and the second covered the
innovations planned for Python developers. With this blog, we're
focusing on a feature that affects everyone, from the newest users
exploring the rich environment of open source, to the most diehard
developers of the Linux kernel: video drivers.
"Manufacturers today produce a dizzying array of video hardware
whose graphics processing power alone outstrips entire computer
systems of just ten years ago. However, it's not always been easy
for Linux users to take advantage of this hardware. Until recently,
the more exotic 3D acceleration features in particular have often
required introducing closed source, proprietary drivers.
"Closed source drivers make life more difficult for Linux uses.
Since they are impossible for the community to debug or improve, it
can be very frustrating when they cause work interruptions or
system crashes. Following on the capabilities for the drivers for
Intel and ATI based graphics cards, in Fedora 13, the Nouveau
driver provides 3D hardware acceleration and is designed to support
a wide array of NVidia based graphics cards."