The company promises "double the performance and dramatically reduce[d] game loading times."
According to the company, the R310 driver was developed in collaboration with game developers over the course of "almost a year" and "showcase the enormous potential of the world's biggest open-source operating system." Nvidia said that the driver was "thoroughly" tested with Valve's Steam for Linux.
The press release published to support the release of the driver has plenty of calming words for the Linux community, which has grown increasingly unhappy with Nvidia's tight grip on its Linux drivers. It is unlikely that Linux enthusiasts will change their mind simply because of the release of an improved driver, but those who use Linux for gaming would be silly not to take advantage of the driver.
However, Valve's quote - "Nvidia took an unquestioned leadership position developing R310 drivers with us and other studios to provide an absolutely unequalled solution for Linux gamers", attributed to the company's vice president of marketing, Doug Lombardi, may not sit so well with the Linux community, which would prefer Nvidia to be in a position to make its code accessible and give the community that "leadership" position.
No one of importance gives a rat's @$$ about the musings of that delusional, conceited hack.
Something tells me a fat man with an aversion to triplets got the ball rolling on this one...
Not quite, unfortunately. I say this, because he was ranting over Optimus support. Nvidia can implement it more or less easily if they had the same driver development philosophy of Intel: the Linux kernel is GPL, so proper driver implementation has to be GPL to fully interact with the kernel. However, Nvidia still likes to push their binary blobs through, which is a very inefficient driver solution.
That depends on what your wanting to play and if its been optimized for that/those platform(s). No matter how much better a platform can be setup for, it can only go as far as what the game can play on.
Believe me, years ago when i tried playing games (Disk based at the time) with linux, what I experience was sub-par on a linux set-up over a windows setup on the same machine. Mainly graphic issues and weird/random glitches. (think it was like 4-6 years ago and one of the games that i can remember was Morrowind).
Now things have probably improved since those times but just stating, just because 1 platform should be better than another, doesn't mean a certain game that I may want to buy will work well with that platform.
Yes some delusional, conceited hack whose software runs the backbone of almost all IT services around the world. Most brilliant people have their quirks.