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Re: New nvidia driver obstacle

From: Bill Hacker <wbh@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 14 Apr 2005 01:13:00 +0800

Jonas Sundström wrote:

Miguel Mendez <flynn@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

It's interesting but it looks like he's basing his code on the old UTAH
GLX code, so I'm not sure if he'll be able to support anything newer
than the GeForce1 gpu.

I think he explains this in the entry of March 3'rd. I believe
he wanted to start from a combination of parts known to work together, on BeOS, and take small steps forward.

The posix-but-not-quite-unix platforms are clearly at a disadvantage, in that we can't just recompile X & Co.
and be done. The latest everything compiles on Linux. But we're not Linux. :I

It would be great if nVidia could release the specs for their old cards, but given their track record it's quite
unlikely. You can always get an ATI card :-)

Are ATI any better at releasing spec?


I used to run BeOS 4.5 as my main desktop for a while and there are some ideas from BeOS that might be adapted to DragonFly. I'm thinking rich metadata mainly and some parts of their API.

Yeah, the filesystem goodies of BeOS just make sense,
at least for desktop use. I believe POSIX extended attributes
could be used similarly, except they're untyped, (I think), which complicates things, and there's no live indexing facility. Perhaps the journaling mechanism will allow for wiretapping filesystem metadata, to allow for stuff similar to BeOS's (live-) queries, MacOS X' Spotlight, Linux' Beagle and whatever Microsoft come up with in place of WinFS.

/Jonas Sundström. www.kirilla.com

Wonder if 'born-again-F/OSS' IBM might GPL/BSDL/similar license the Warp metadata model and SOM as they have JFS?


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