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Accelerated nVidia Drivers for FreeBSD 293

Posted by michael
from the bring-out-all-the-freebsd-games dept.
zero0w writes "nVidia has released the official OpenGL accelerated driver set for FreeBSD 4.7 STABLE. Check out the nVidia Driver page for more detail. According to the page, this release should be considered as initial beta. So don't count on it to build a day-to-day production system, yet."
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Accelerated nVidia Drivers for FreeBSD

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  • by sczimme (603413) on Friday November 08, 2002 @09:09AM (#4624400)
    According to the page, this release should be considered as initial beta

    Isn't that usually called 'alpha'?
  • Finally! (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 08, 2002 @09:24AM (#4624471)
    Finally I can stop dual-booting to Linux just so I can play games...
  • by dubbayu_d_40 (622643) on Friday November 08, 2002 @09:25AM (#4624477)
    As if your shell wasn't already 100X better than my dos console, you just have to go and make it paint faster.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 08, 2002 @09:37AM (#4624528)
    There are a ton of wait() in , so for every new release of the drivers can remove some wait() and make it look like a bunch of genius programmers improving the speed. I KNOW. Why is no one suspicious that every driver release is significantly faster?
  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 08, 2002 @09:39AM (#4624537)
    It is official; 3D Gamers.com now confirms: NVIDIA is dying.

    One more crippling bombshell hit the happily fragging NVIDIA community when /. confirmed that NVIDIA drivers are coming to FreeBSD. Coming close on the heels of the recent Doom3 beta, which plainly shows that we'll need the GeForce5s of the future to run it, uh, this news serves to reinforce what we've known all along. NVIDIA is collapsing in complete disarray, as fittingly exemplified by...er... putting a graphics card in every Apple, every X-Box...

    Geez, trolling is a lot harder than I thought...
  • by jmenezes (100986) on Friday November 08, 2002 @09:54AM (#4624613) Homepage
    Unless your Microsoft, in which case beta is where everything gets pressed on the CDs and a several hundred dollar price tag gets put on it, right?
  • by swordboy (472941) on Friday November 08, 2002 @09:54AM (#4624614) Journal
    ...the question is, will my games run faster on FreeBSD?

    I dunno but SSH runs great on my headless nForce firewall.

    w00t!
  • Re:So what? (Score:1, Funny)

    by Textbook Error (590676) on Friday November 08, 2002 @10:12AM (#4624760)
    Every 3D linux game: Rune, heretic2, q3a, ut, ut2003, descent, hg2, sof, terminus, parsec... Should I continue?

    Nope, I think you got them all...
  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 08, 2002 @10:27AM (#4624863)
    Unless my Microsoft what?
  • by benwb (96829) on Friday November 08, 2002 @10:30AM (#4624885)
    No, no, no, that's alpha. When a product hits beta Microsoft stops supporting it.
  • Good Deal (Score:5, Funny)

    by SomeOtherGuy (179082) on Friday November 08, 2002 @10:40AM (#4624963) Journal
    Now I can get working on my dream Apache module called mod_3daccel
  • by EvilAlien (133134) on Friday November 08, 2002 @10:52AM (#4625086) Journal
    Just a hint for the future, you miss out on those highly covetted "Troll" and "Flamebait" moderations if you actually spell Microsoft correctly. If you want to be really elite and properly anti-Microsoft, you should incorporate a $, or use "shaft" or "sloth" instead of -soft.

    Without those <sarcasm>insightful plays on the word 'Microsoft'</sarcasm> one typically only manages to produce an asinine off-topic comment.

    Just some hints for the future, your mileage may vary, all standard disclaimers apply.

    Thank you for not choosing Microsoft... meanwhile, back on topic:

    This is great news for the FreeBSD community. One of the complaints against the OS and long sought-after milestones has been graphics drivers for desktop applications, design work, and even gaming. FreeBSD, like most other OSes, isn't just for servers, and this helps make it better for the desktop.

    nVidia always impresses me with their efforts to support operating systems other than the 500 lb Redmond gorilla that dominates the desktop market. Linux and FreeBSD support is a great PR move for nVidia, and is one of the reasons I will ALWAYS choose nVidia over ATi, Matrox, etc.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 08, 2002 @10:59AM (#4625120)
    So before NVidia got involved, there was one member of the FreeBSD community. Since I'm a member of the FreeBSD community, but not a developer, then there were no developers. So the code must have come from devine compilation.

    Therefore FreeBSD is sponsored by ${DIETY}!

    And given the way storage medium densities are increasing . . ..
  • I like it (Score:3, Funny)

    by Ded Bob (67043) on Friday November 08, 2002 @11:02AM (#4625145) Homepage
    I am running with the nVidia drivers now on my Ti4200. Things I have noticed:

    1) You need a chmod 0666 on /dev/nvidia*. It helps xlock run.
    2) Atlantis mode (xlock) is my desktop background. Hi shark. Please do not eat my menu.
    3) The artifacts left behind by the XFree86 nv driver are no longer there. I believe that XFree86 v4.3 is supposed to fix this.

    Now, I need to go find some games. Time to try out UT.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 08, 2002 @02:29PM (#4626804)
    this release should be considered as initial beta. So don't count on it to build a day-to-day production system, yet.

    So its just like the linux version then?

  • by AcquaCow (56720) <acquacow@nOsPAM.hotmail.com> on Friday November 08, 2002 @04:08PM (#4627973) Homepage
    I thought I might actually be productive and get some work done today, nVidia has to go and do this to me!

    ...must resist the temptat...WAIT! You mean I can have GL accelerated sprongies now!!! OMG! *click*

    -- AcquaCow

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