Nouveau: Accelerated Open Source driver for nVidia cards

The nouveau project aims to build high-quality, free/libre software drivers for nVidia cards. “Nouveau” [nuvo] is the French word for “new”. Nouveau is composed of a Linux kernel KMS driver (nouveau), Gallium3D drivers in Mesa, and the Xorg DDX (xf86-video-nouveau). The kernel components have also been ported to NetBSD.

Current Status

  • 2D/3D acceleration supported on all GPUs; see FeatureMatrix for details.
  • Video decoding acceleration supported on most pre-Maxwell cards; see VideoAcceleration for details.
  • Support for manual performance level selection (also known as "reclocking") on GM10x Maxwell, Kepler and Tesla G94-GT218 GPUs. Available in /sys/kernel/debug/dri/0/pstate
  • Little hope of reclocking becoming available for GM20x and newer GPUs as firmware now needs to be signed by NVIDIA to have the necessary access.

News

  • Jan, 2019: Support for Turing merged into Linux 5.0.
  • Nov, 2018: Support for HDMI 2.0 high-speed clocks merged into Linux 4.20 (GM200+ hardware only).
  • Aug, 2018: Support for Volta merged into Linux 4.19.
  • Apr, 2017: Fix for GTX 970 with 4GB VRAM and 2D/3D acceleration support for Pascal headed for Linux 4.12.

Software

Linux Kernelgit
libdrmgit
Mesagit
xf86-video-nouveaugit

Contacting the Team

Report Bugs

Development/Debugging

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