It was my understanding that nVidia already has official drivers on Linux. It is why I have always used nVidia for my Linux machines.
NVIDIA only has a proprietary driver (which runs on i386 and AMD64). AMD has had a proprietary for about as long NVIDIA, but it performs much more poorly and is updated infrequently. However, the (existing - before this announcement) open-source drivers are exactly the opposite. The open-source radeon
driver performs very well (although not quite as well as the proprietary driver in Windows), and the open-source nouveau
driver could stand some improvement. Both of the open-source drivers are VERY stable - much more so than their proprietary counterparts - but they are slower to support new hardware and features. I don't use proprietary graphics drivers anymore - not because of dogma - because I value the extreme stability more than a little extra speed.
This announcement is very exciting! Although I already primarily use AMD graphics cards because the reverse-engineered radeon
driver performs much better than nouveau
, I'm hopeful that now we will be able to get performance to rival that of the same card in Windows. If that's the case, I will definitely buy a 8000 series card when they are released.