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Submission + - DX11 comming to Linux - but not Windows XP (phoronix.com)

gr8_phk writes: As reported over at Phoronix, the Direct X 11 API now has an open source implementation on top of Gallium3d which should ease porting of games to Linux with or without Wine. While still in its infancy, you can see where this is heading. All this while Microsoft hasn't offered DX11 for their own aging WindowsXP. Could it be that Linux may soon support this Microsoft API better than Microsoft itself?

Submission + - Nouveau makes it to mainline

gr8_phk writes: Over at Phoronix they have been covering a flurry of discussion over the last days regarding the nouveau driver for nVidia cards going into the 2.6.33 kernel. It looks like Linus got his way. So 2010 will see proper open source video drivers for Intel, AMD, and ATI out of the box. Hopefully 3D will be in good shape across the board as well. RIP nv. The discussion is quite entertaining — it's the first time I've seen Linus demand something so big be pushed into the kernel. Alan Cox's comments are funny as well.

It is easier to change the specification to fit the program than vice versa.