View Full Version : NVIDIA Has Gallium3D Support In Fedora 13

15th February 2010, 12:53 AM
While it's exciting to have kernel mode-setting, RandR, and EXA / X-Video acceleration for NVIDIA hardware in an open-source driver that is reliable since the mainlining of its DRM code and its adoption in Ubuntu 10.04 and other distributions, Fedora has already employed Nouveau support to various extents in their recent releases.

Fedora started out by shipping the Nouveau DDX driver, then turned to kernel mode-setting support that has matured and is used by default with the current Fedora 12 release. With Fedora 13, Red Hat is again shipping with the latest free software NVIDIA bits, which now includes 3D support. Thanks to an update to the mesa-dri-drivers-experimental package, there is 3D / OpenGL support enabled for NVIDIA hardware. This 3D support is coming from Nouveau's Gallium3D driver for most of the NVIDIA graphics hardware while there is also a classic Mesa driver for old NV hardware that recently came about. Yes, there is finally a deployed Nouveau-NVIDIA Gallium3D driver that will be easily deployable out in the wild with Fedora 13.

Fedora 13 is scheduled to be released towards the middle of May while the first alpha release is coming in early March. Red Hat's Adam Williamson mentioned this 3D support on Nouveau via his blog where he mentions that the Spring RTS framework, Compiz, Neverball, Foobillard, and Quake 3 are all working for him with a GeForce 9400GT graphics card and the Gallium3D driver.

Adam also sent in a screenshot to us of the Nouveau NV95 Gallium3D driver also running with Nexuiz. Needless to say, this week we will be delivering Nouveau Gallium3D benchmarks atop Fedora Rawhide. http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=Nzk4MQ ,

15th February 2010, 07:29 PM
Wow, I will have to try this out as soon as it hits alpha!

17th February 2010, 06:07 PM
Do you think it will work with NVidia Quadro NVS 140m (i think its based on the 8000 series)? I can`t find information on the supported cards.

17th February 2010, 09:11 PM

Congrats to all the developers involved in this an Thank You!

Great Progress.

18th February 2010, 02:02 AM
hellfire: nv4x and nv5x have the best support, I believe, so you should have okay luck with that card. There is a driver for older cards but I haven't tested that at all yet.

2nd March 2010, 06:18 AM
Does GO 7er supported well? The F12, Nouveau has problem with frequency scaling. That force me to use the glitchy proprietary driver which some time make my screen flickering like some one just turn it on and off, on and off.

3rd March 2010, 04:43 AM
excerpt from glxinfo command:
OpenGL vendor string: nouveau
OpenGL renderer string: Gallium 0.4 on NV4A
OpenGL version string: 2.0 Mesa 7.8-devel
OpenGL shading language version string: 1.20


Running synchronized to the vertical refresh. The framerate should be
approximately 1/1936613746 the monitor refresh rate.
1801 frames in 5.0 seconds = 360.127 FPS
1860 frames in 5.0 seconds = 371.869 FPS

Installed F13 Alpha i386, rc4 from the netinstall cd. Installed mesa-dri-drivers-experimental, logged out and back in to gnome. Not super impressive on the glxgears speed, but it's about 3 times faster than with software rendering. Video card is an nvidia 6200 agp.

8th March 2010, 01:27 PM
That sounds good. I once have trouble installing my nvidia driver............Expected to see......

15th April 2010, 07:11 AM
Is this going to work with the 8600 Series?? I am thinking of changing from Ubuntu to Fedora 13 when it comes out... Hoping this will work...

How do you enable it anyways?

15th April 2010, 07:44 AM
It should work with 8600 Series. I tested it with Nvidia Geforce 7800GS.
To enable it

yum install mesa-dri-drivers-experimental

15th April 2010, 07:53 AM
(moved to F13 Development)

15th April 2010, 08:48 AM
It should work with 8600 Series. I tested it with Nvidia Geforce 7800GS.
To enable it

yum install mesa-dri-drivers-experimental

Nice one - Just downloading now... ;)

Going to try it later. Thanks for the info...

Im guessing its good enough for KDE's compiz like effects?

15th April 2010, 08:42 PM
should be, yes. It's all still pretty experimental, but the test day results were surprisingly positive:


look at all the passes in the GL column. I see five or six entries from others with 8600s, all mark the GL tests as 'PASS'. So I expect it ought to work for you.

19th April 2010, 07:05 PM
works fine here too... I've got a gf9800gtx+ running...

20th April 2010, 02:05 AM
Is there any chance to work with a G105M graphics card?