Re: Call for Foundation-supported Project Ideas

From: Floyd, Paul <>
Date: Wed, 01 Dec 2021 17:01:29 UTC
On 2021-11-30 18:55, Stefan Blachmann wrote:
> On practically every Linux distro Nouveau is the quasi standard driver
> for any type of Nvidia cards, as the proprietary Nvidia drivers are
> non-free category.
> So I think one can consider Nouveau as very well-tested and reliable
> and that porting it to FreeBSD would be worthwhile, profiting many
> users who would else either have to buy a new graphics card or migrate
> to Linux.

When I first installed Fedora, it defaulted to nouveau = black screen.

So I switched to non-free nvidia. This breaks on a fairly regular basis 
due to incompatible kernel changes. DKMS will try to rebuild the kernel 
module, which fails = black screen. I retried nouveau again a couple of 
times, still always a black screen. That gave me the impression that 
nouveau is unmaintained. Sounds like I was wrong there.

You kind of get used to it, hitting alt-f2 for a console login and 
waiting a few days or weeks for non-free nvidia to catch up.

By comparison I've had almost no problems with the nvidia drivers on