f13: nouveau driver vs google earth

Chris Rouch chris.rouch at gmail.com
Sat Jul 17 13:13:15 UTC 2010

On 17 July 2010 14:11, Mike Chambers <mike at miketc.net> wrote:
> On Sat, 2010-07-17 at 13:39 +0200, Chris Rouch wrote:
>> I've just installed f13 on a laptop. I have an nvidia card, and no
>> /etc/X11/xorg.conf. I can see from /var/log/Xorg.0.log that the
>> nouveau driver has been loaded. However when I run googleearth I get a
>> message on stdout
>> Xlib:  extension "XFree86-DRI" missing on display ":0.0".
>> and googleearth complains about running in software emulation mode. If I run
>> % glxinfo |grep render
>> direct rendering: Yes
>> OpenGL renderer string: Software Rasterizer
>>     GL_NV_conditional_render, GL_NV_depth_clamp, GL_NV_fragment_program,
>> Do I need to install or configure something or is nouveau still only a
>> 2D driver?
> Try installing the below package (reboot or restart may be needed) and
> see if that allows you to view it..
> mesa-dri-drivers-experimental

Thanks. That fixes the googleearth error.

But now I see that compositing is disabled. If I switch from opengl to
xrender in the desktop effects setting then some of the effect work
again, but a lot of them don't (e.g. the desktop cube doesn't). This
all worked previously with the proprietary nvidia driver from
rpmfusion. Is this a limitation of the nouveau driver or is there
something else I need to do.

I'm using kde if that matters.

(for infornation,  the nvidia driver would hang my system if i logged
out or rebooted, so I don't really want to go back to it).



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