Originally Posted by Linuxhippy
Furthermore the open-source driver would be never as good/fast as the prorietary one - nvidia won't open all its details which are used for the prorietary one.
Why? Nvidia are already in the number three position in the video market, and in 1-2 years AMD/ATI will have their die-level CPU/GPU. With Intel persuing a similar course, the expectation at this point is that the GPU will simply become a standard integrated on-die component, like the floating point processor and memory management unit has.
Where does that leave Nvidia? Maybe they are just holding out at this point to have some intellectual property at the fire sale.