The problem is I just want to use my computer and I may want to
a) watch videos, decode video, edit video..etc.
b) use 3D, Google Eath, Gimp/Blender etc. - I just want the OPTION...
I'm against Nvidia when it comes to the rebranding of cards but mostly because of the closed source and expensive cards but see no choice when ATI/AMD is so slow at working out bugs or maintaining support... (mostly support on newer distros?)
Open source graphics drivers are a nice ideal but even those are devoid of some crucial features and again, maintenance of support (i.e. improvements and adding features) is slow and in some cases, don't offer use or sufficient use of the card one just bought
The only reason to go with Nvidia for me is that most of the video/3D will work and allow convenient use of either Windows or Linux with virtually all features that I need/want. I can use whatever distro at whatever status/version # it is at without too much concern about eventually getting video and features... yes, the system for installing is a royal PITA and the closed source situation really sucks but that is the main drawback
Of course, the hardware remains inferior in many ways and only older generation cards are an option but I wouldn't spend much on such a card anyway (only $100 in this case of considering Nvidia)
I even thought I could watch my videos/movies in Windoze and surf (everything else) in Linux if I get an ATI card but it is a real nuisance and when the card forces you to go the 'other' OS (not your first choice), that is just bad... C'mon, ATI, increase your resources somehow!