blueser writes: David Nielsencommitted to donate at least $10.00 to the Nouveau driver project if 1,000 other people do so. These guys intend to reverse engineer NVIDIA Linux driver to produce a 100% open source alternative with 3D acceleration. From their page you can see there's still a lot of ground to cover: "Currently, nothing works. If you're not a developer, you're not interested in this at all." Could this work? Would this free driver be able to keep up with newest NVIDIA hardware as it comes out? This is not an unreasonable scenario as some might think: NVIDIA dropped their own nForce network driver in favor of the open source, reverse-engineered 'forcedeth' driver.
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