Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 18th Apr 2006 17:49 UTC
Linux Efforts to bring glitzy new graphics to Linux are fueling an old conflict: Does proprietary software belong in open-source Linux? The issue involves software modules called drivers, which plug into the kernel at the heart of the open-source operating system. Drivers let software communicate with hardware such as network adapters, hard drives and video cards.
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I would add that the open-source Nvidia drivers are demonstrably more stable than Nvidia's own drivers and support a wider variety of kernel configurations.

That said, the Nvidia driver has MUCH better 3D performance, even if they don't support as many X extensions as the open-source drivers do.

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