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heh ... the problem is the cards that don't require the ctx_voodoo also are not well supported at the moment in fact from the status matrix any thing less than a geforce 7xxx series isn't going to do much beyond 2D (which should be stable) and in the case of my geforce 2 nouveau is actually slower than nv for 2D http://nouveau.freedesktop.org/wiki/FeatureMatrix
I beleive that is due to all the work going into the newer cards which is quite reasonalbe in my opinion since they are the low hanging fruit.
I would like to see some proformace comparisons on the 2D side .... and 3D comparisons on cards that support it setting up git mesa drivers is also relativly trivial on archlinux and I imagine its fairly easy on fedora as well.
KMS will greatly improve the usability of my Xorg-less server (which has a Geforce 8400 GS), and I think I'll try it on my two GTX 285 (main pc), but since I need 3d, SLI, Cuda and others it will be only a fallback. It is a great project though.
that ctx_voodoo is not even needed for all graphics cards and that Red Hat was just attempting to ignore this little fact.
We didn't ignore it, we just don't really care about ancient cards you can't buy anymore, the number of users running nv40 and nv50 outweighs all others by a massive amount that I don't consider a nouveau driver that just supported pre-nv40 worth the time of upstreaming from a RH pov.
Also Linus only had an nv50 card so he wouldn't have been giving out.