Just a note on NVIDIA and their "quality drivers". I have had numerous unresolved issues with my 7900gs on both Linux and Vista. Some of these I've had for more than a year. To me, NVIDIA exemplify the benefit of open source drivers at least. When a manufacturer decides to stop supporting your product (and in the graphics world a refresh seems to be every 6 months), then with proprietary software you are left with peanuts. Windows devs themselves recognised the issue with device drivers. They apparently have been the cause for most of the Windows crashes in their past OSs. For Vista they decided to go down the driver signing route, which seems a bit silly since they only thing it guarentees is that the company can afford to purchase a Certificate from a CA and purchase the WDK signing kit or whatever. It's a pity that Microsoft dislikes open source stuff so much, because having some form of open source drivers in Windows would be infinitely more useful to their OS team than these "signed" drivers.
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