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#1 samoth   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 4521

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 08:45 AM

Woah! Dude! Seriously!

 

NVIDIA Dropping Pre-Fermi GPUs From Their Mainline Linux Driver

NVIDIA will be removing all support for graphics processors prior to the GeForce 400 "Fermi" series from their mainline Linux graphics driver.

There's a new posting on the NVIDIA Knowledgebase about "EOL driver support for legacy products." Beginning with the "Release 343" series (as of last week the 334.21 Linux driver is the latest available version) there is no GPU support prior to the GeForce 400 series and that's now been confirmed via this official NVIDIA.com entry.

 

 

That sounds like very serious news for Linux GPU support with immediate and present consequences. On the other hand, if you read the official statement, it reads a bit different:

  • will continue to support these products until April 1, 2016
  • future driver enhancements and optimizations [..] will not support these products

Read as: No new gimmicks, and no new features on pre-2009 cards which the hardware doesn't support anyway. Will continue to support these for (at least) 2 more years cards, after which these cards will be between 7 and 10 years old.

 

Man, it's always nice if  one reads the complete paragraph before publishing a big FUD headline... at least they also tell the correct details further down in the article.



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#2 TheChubu   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 3728

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 09:33 AM

Tears are being shed for my ION 2 netbook. Not that it would support anything beyond OpenGL 3.3 though :D

 

Still yeah, pre DX11/OpenGL 4 cards are the new "legacy" cards right now.


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#3 mhagain   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 7453

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 12:31 PM

Yeah, no big deal.  Just use an older driver, like the latest available one that does support them.  AMD have been doing this for years with their Windows drivers and their older hardware hasn't suddenly stopped working either.


It appears that the gentleman thought C++ was extremely difficult and he was overjoyed that the machine was absorbing it; he understood that good C++ is difficult but the best C++ is well-nigh unintelligible.


#4 Chris_F   Members   -  Reputation: 1952

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 03:21 PM

Linux and graphics drivers is already a travesty, this hardly changes anything. It's unlikely that Pre-Fermi cards are going to be seeing any feature updates, so as long as the drivers work...



#5 mhagain   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 7453

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 04:08 PM

There's also a reason why vendors retire support for older hardware - it's old, use of it is no longer as widespread as it once was, keeping code to support it in their driver is leading to bloat and fragility as legacy code paths hamper future growth, etc.

 

It's important to note also that if you follow the link to the Phoronix article, then from there to the NVIDIA website, you'll find that they're also dropping the same support for their Windows drivers.  So let's hope that nobody starts thinking this is some specific treatment of Linux as a second-tier OS.


It appears that the gentleman thought C++ was extremely difficult and he was overjoyed that the machine was absorbing it; he understood that good C++ is difficult but the best C++ is well-nigh unintelligible.





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