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.
  • Experimental support for performance level selection (also known as "reclocking") on Kepler and Tesla G94-GT218 GPUs. Starting Linux 4.5, available in /sys/kernel/debug/dri/0/pstate, previously boot with nouveau.pstate=1 and use /sys/class/drm/card0/device/pstate.


  • Jul, 2016: GL 4.1 enabled for Maxwell
  • Jul, 2016: Mesa 12.0 released with GL 4.3 support for Fermi and Kepler chips
  • Mar, 2016: GM20x acceleration support (with redistributable signed firmware) merged in Linux 4.6 and Mesa 11.2
  • Nov, 2015: Improved Kepler GDDR5 memory clock calculations and PWM-based voltage control merged into 4.4
  • Jul, 2015: Fermi and Kepler expose OpenGL 4.1 in Mesa 11.
  • Apr, 2015: GM107 acceleration support merged into Linux 4.1
  • Dec, 2014: GT215/GT216/GT218 reclocking code merged into Linux 3.19
  • Dec, 2014: GM204 modesetting support merged into Linux 3.19
  • Oct, 2014: Roy Spliet gave a presentation at XDC2014 about his EVoC project: Project REclock.


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