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Tom's Hardware: NVIDIA 3D Under Linux

Sep 09, 2000, 13:46 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Thomas Pabst)

"It finally has become reality. With NVIDIA's latest Linux drivers for XFree86 4 you'll get powerful 3D for this free open source operating system as well. Over are the times when only geeks were using Linux. Today even serious 3D-gamers should be pleased with the 3D-performance offered by NVIDIA. We tested 5 different NVIDIA 3D cards on 6 different platforms and compared the scores with the 3D-performance under Windows98...."

"The story is a lot different for Linux users. Up until recently Linux users had to get used to the fact that drivers for special hardware took quite a while to become available. In many cases someone out of the worldwide Linux community wrote a driver by himself, because the vendors couldn't be bothered to support Linux. Today things are improving and you'll find that the Linux distribution package you just bought is already supporting most of your system components. The story is still a bit tough in the fast changing graphics card market though. You might be able to easily get a driver for the 2D-functionality of your card, but once it comes to 3D-support things look rather grim. That's why NVIDIA's unified Linux driver model seems like a real blessing. Regardless if you've got a TNT2, Vanta, TNT2 Ultra, GeForce SDR, GeForce DDR, GeForce 2 GTS, GeForce 2 MX, Quadro, Quadro2 or the upcoming new 3D-solution from NVIDIA, they all work with the one driver set. In fact, after the installation you can easily swap one of those cards with another, restart your Linux box and the system will run. For Linux users this is a great advance!"

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