Nvidia aquires ARM


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Surprisingly, Softbank made a profit. And to be honest, this does make a bit more sense, although it's good to hear they need to explain how they're going to keep ARM licensing to all and sundry.
 

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Nvida contributes to opensource drivers so maybe we will see more Linux friendliness....wishful thinking I know.
I used Nvidia on Linux years ago (like 2004) and wasn't a great experience... their drivers were full of blobs and crashed/hanged the system all the time... if they are really opening up could be a good thing.
 

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Will this stop OMAP5 production? Either way, the article says that the buy has been announced but will not go through for some time to come so ED still has time either way.
 

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I used Nvidia on Linux years ago (like 2004) and wasn't a great experience... their drivers were full of blobs and crashed/hanged the system all the time... if they are really opening up could be a good thing.
I have ubuntu on the switch (tegra) it's very usable...but I'm sure there are blobs
 

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Last time I used nvidia graphics (about 8 years ago) every time I updated the kernel I had to rerun nvidia's craptacular ncurses-based installer. Given it's still a binary blob I expect that not to have changed.
 

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Last time I used nvidia graphics (about 8 years ago) every time I updated the kernel I had to rerun nvidia's craptacular ncurses-based installer. Given it's still a binary blob I expect that not to have changed.
Running fine here on Manjaro.
On Arch the Nvidia driver was the cause for some frequent system-booting-to-black-screen situations.
Manjaro is more stable and I did not have any issues with it.
 

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I was running Fedora on that particular machine. I'm surprised there's a difference between the way manjaro and arch handle kernel upgrades since both use pacman for the purpose of installing and updating packages. Perhaps manjaro supplies a nvidia-graphics package in its own repos, which could use specify in some post install ops to move the binary blob to the right place. On Fedora in those days, I had to download the nvidia drivers from their website, so administration of that was entirely orthogonal to the package manager du jour.
 

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By the way the OS I was using was Mandrake, that became Mandriva after some months, and at the time I had to download the drivers from the official site too.
There were some "basic" nvidia drivers in the repo, but if I remember well they didn't support 3D acceleration...
 

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OMAP5 has been out of production for sometime...

He also already has enough of them for Pyra production runs.
And also a shortage of OMAP5 would mean, most likely, an updated CPU board, just saying... :D (in order to produce more units of course...)

Regarding the move of Nvidia, it makes sense, looking how they've been investing on transportation and AI tech lately. It looks like they're taking positions to monopolize the autonomous and guided transportation technology on the near future, which looks like and interesting business for the next 15-50 years.
 

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I was running Fedora on that particular machine. I'm surprised there's a difference between the way manjaro and arch handle kernel upgrades since both use pacman for the purpose of installing and updating packages. Perhaps manjaro supplies a nvidia-graphics package in its own repos, which could use specify in some post install ops to move the binary blob to the right place. On Fedora in those days, I had to download the nvidia drivers from their website, so administration of that was entirely orthogonal to the package manager du jour.
Manjaro is Arch but with 2 weeks delay.
So what becomes Arch stable will go into Manjaro testing.
After things are stable it will become Manjaro stable.
That buffer time seems to be enough to catch broken Nvidia driver updates and only release working Kernel-driver combinations.
 
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