>I can't understand why NVdia driver is necessary to be built up
>from src all the time.
>Is it simply because the software is in beta state?
>Or is it because the software is proprietary?
>I switched my choice of graphics card from Matrox to Nvidia
>after reading that the 2MX card beats any Matrox cards hands down.
>The extra job of installing the module whenever a new kernel
>is built really bothers me.
Basically NVidia have been working with Microsoft too long and cannot
understand the concept of open source. If they released the software through
the GNU public licence it would be distributed freely and be part of XFree86
then would work out of the box in 2D and 3D accelerated modes. As it is,
unless you buy a boxed version, you have to download and install it
yourself. The worst of it is that due to the nature of its licence, the
driver is appalling unreliable and brings Windows type stability to your
machine (i.e. more flaky than a room full of lepers). My advise is forget
NVidia until they get a grip and buy something that XFree86 supports if it's
not too late, or if not you could by my TNT2 card of me because I've had
enough! Whatever happens, please fire of an e-mail to NVidia and complain as
the more that do, the more likely they are to change their ways.