nouveau & gnome-shell (was: Re: Ubuntu moving towards Wayland)

Adam Williamson awilliam at
Wed Nov 10 16:46:58 UTC 2010

On Wed, 2010-11-10 at 09:03 -0500, Darryl L. Pierce wrote:
> On Tue, Nov 09, 2010 at 01:22:02PM -0800, Adam Williamson wrote:
> > On Tue, 2010-11-09 at 21:05 +0000, Camilo Mesias wrote:
> > > I'm using the experimental 3d now with gnome shell. After a few days,
> > > it seems like it performs OK although it locks up for a few seconds
> > > now and then. It seems to recover and I can't see any obvious log
> > > messages around the time of the freeze. It does survive
> > > suspend/resume, which is great. My impression is that it runs slightly
> > > hotter than the nvidia driver but I could be imagining this (I don't
> > > have any figures).
> > 
> > You're probably not. nouveau basically has no power management at
> > present (it's under heavy development upstream, but I don't think ben's
> > pulled any of it downstream yet).
> Does it support multiple monitor configurations? IOW, when I go to work
> I dock and use two external monitors. When I'm home I use either my
> laptop display or, when I'm in my home office, I attach a video dongle
> to connect to a widescreen monitor.
> Right now I use the nVidia config tool to select my monitor config on
> the fly and change to that. What would I use with the mesa driver?

gnome-display-properties. nouveau fully supports RandR 1.2, which is a
rather better interface than NVIDIA's.
Adam Williamson
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