Originally Posted by jtsn
But it is. nVidia is constantly releasing new hardware, which nouveau doesn't support correctly, but tries to and crashes. This is not called stable but experimental (say alpha stage).
Amazingly, sometimes nVidias 'new hardware' is actually new, not rebranded. (sorry, offtopic, but I'm really unimpressed with how much nVidia is doing that these days...along with several different hardware versions with the same GPU branding).
nVidia quite often doesnt have linux support with its closed binary drivers from day 1 of release of any given card.
Nouveau not supporting new hardware for a while untill after release is something that could be fixed fairly easily, but we are back to 'nVidia doesnt give half a damn about open source'.
Originally Posted by Martinus2u
And they support 15 year old hardware.
nVidia most certainly DOESNT support 15 year old hardware properly.
You might have been fooled by nVidia still releasing stuff like 'updated' 71.XX drivers for linux (for vanta/riva/TNT/TNT2/GF1/GF3 cards). Guess what, even though they release newer drivers, they are not updated to work with newer xorg versions.......which makes them basicly useless.
96.XX (GF2-GF4) is going the same way. I havent checked if the newest release of the 96.XX drivers work with the newest xorg vesion....even if it does there was well over a year where the 96.XX drivers did not support the currect xorg versions. Even 173.XX (GF-FX) has long periods where its not supporting the newest xorg versions either.