[vdr] nvidia-vdr closed driver or open source?

VDR User user.vdr at gmail.com
Fri Aug 20 10:08:03 CEST 2010


On Fri, Aug 20, 2010 at 12:30 AM, Mikko Tuumanen <mikko.tuumanen at utu.fi> wrote:
> to, 2010-08-19 kello 08:57 -0700, VDR User kirjoitti:
>> Nouveau is that there are no plans to support VDPAU.  That drivers
>> seems like a case of too little too late.
>
> I've just tried to use a tnt2 card with the nvidia legacy drivers
> because a couple of capacitors blew up on my newer card. It didn't work,
> undefined symbol. Same thing with ati cards. For example my work
> computer had an ati card and fglrx support for it went away before
> warranty of the computer expired.
>
> Open source drivers are needed so that old cards can be put to use even
> after the manufacturer doesn't care to support them anymore.

There's nothing wrong with what Nouveau is attempting to do.  It's a
good thing for people who still care enough to use old EOL cards.  You
can always argue why throwing some old outdated hardware out if it
still suits your needs vs. replacing with something  newer and _cheap_
while easing the pain of fighting to keep relic hardware working.  In
the end it's 100% user-choice and what they're willing to tolerate.
In my case an unstable driver with no VDPAU is a definite no.  I have
no interest in dragging around dead weight.  However, that tnt2 card
may work great for you and keeping it might sound better then spending
$15-$30 or more if you don't absolutely have to.  Either way having a
choice is better then no choice.  :)



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