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.