There has been a lot of debate lately about the issue of binary drivers in Linux. Most of these discussions centre around the nVidia graphics driver. What many of these debates under-emphasise or even overlook is the importance of the Nouveau project. Nouveau is an effort intended to go beyond the 2D capabilities exposed by the nv driver, by providing full support for 3D. The end result will be a 100% free driver on Linux-based systems for nVidia graphics hardware. This is all without the assistance of nVidia, so much work needs to be done to interpret how the hardware behaves and write the required supporting code.
To support these valiant efforts, a pledge has been established to raise at least $10000 USD towards Nouveau’s development. This target has been successfully met with a month to spare, but don’t let that stop you from contributing. Even if you would like to see nVidia’s driver included in GNU/Linux distributions, I’m sure that most of you will agree that it is preferable for us as a community to have our own free driver. All it costs to play a part is a meagre $10 USD. How much is your freedom worth?
LotD: LCA2007 presenters should consider incorporating Gems into their presentations.