New nvidia drivers available
tjr at freebsd.org
Sun Aug 15 02:56:50 PDT 2004
On Sun, Aug 15, 2004 at 09:29:32AM +0100, Doug Rabson wrote:
> On Sunday 15 August 2004 02:24, Tim Robbins wrote:
> > On Sat, Aug 14, 2004 at 07:34:24PM +0100, Doug Rabson wrote:
> > > The latest 6113 build of the nvidia graphics drivers has just
> > > appeared on nvidia's web site. Check out
> > > http://www.nvidia.com/object/freebsd_1.0-6113.html if you are
> > > currently using the nvidia proprietary drivers. This driver works
> > > nicely on FreeBSD-current and while this version is not
> > > thread-safe, it does not conflict with libpthread or libthr's use
> > > of %gs so you don't have to map everything down to libc_r any more
> > > :-).
> > Are you aware of any plans to release an AMD64 build of the driver?
> I'm not aware of any plans. Anything like that will require working
> kernel module support on amd64 though.
The only remaining issue with kernel module support on amd64 seems to be that
the bootloader doesn't know how to load ELF relocatable images. Depending on
how early the nvidia drivers need to initialize, this may be enough.
(In theory, since modules are ELF relocatables on amd64, it might even be
possible to statically link the binary drivers into any standard kernel image.)
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