FreeBSD OpenCL/CUDA nVidia

Carmel NY carmel_ny at
Sat Sep 1 14:54:29 UTC 2018

On Sat, 1 Sep 2018 11:44:02 +0200, CeDeROM stated:

>Thank you Tommy.. bad news.. how did that happen for nVidia to become
>worst GPU driver provider to FreeBSD lagging even behind ATI/AMD and
>Intel.. I guess these are closed-source drivers so we have nothing to
>do here.. I was always buying nVidia only because of trust in their
>best drivers.. but that needs to be revised I see :-(

I don't believe that is a correct interpretation of the problem. Several
years ago, FreeBSD was unable to support nVidia's 64 bit drivers. Eventually,
that problem was alleviated. However, and this is what I have gathered from
reading chat forums dedicated to nVidia, FreeBSD still does not properly
handle all of the features that nVidia offers in a manner similar to MS
Windows (naturally) and other *.nix operating systems. A business model where
nVidia would be forced to spend large amounts of money to devise a way to be
100% compatible with FreeBSD, a user base magnitudes smaller than MS Windows
or other *.nix operating systems, would prove to be a losing strategy.

A far more easily implemented plan would be for the FreeBSD developers to pin
point exactly what FreeBSD needs to do to become fully compatible with nVidia
products. Microsoft works closely with nVidia, as well as some other *.nix
developers to assure that their products are compatible. Why isn't FreeBSD
taking this approach?


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