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).

Current Status

  • 2D/3D acceleration supported on all cards; see FeatureMatrix for details
  • Performance level selection (also known as "reclocking") is not supported yet. Expect low 3D performance on laptops using a Tesla GPU and all Fermi/Kepler cards. (see CodeNames)


  • Oct, 2014: Roy Spliet gave a presentation at XDC2014 about his Google Summer of Code: Project REclock.
  • Jun, 2014: Xf86-video-nouveau lands support for DRI3, glamor acceleration and Maxwell (GM107)
  • Jun, 2014: EVoC approved for work on reclocking support on NVA3/A5/A8
  • Jun, 2014: Mesa 10.2 released, includes full support of GK110/GK208
  • May, 2014: Maxwell (GM107) support checked into mesa, to be included in 10.3 release
  • Apr, 2014: Maxwell (GM107) support checked into kernel (modesetting only), to be included in 3.15
  • Feb, 2014: Nouveau status update at FOSDEM 2014


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