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. 

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