How about having the actual problem fixed?
The reason I do not just use the open source nv driver is that OpenGL 3d performance matters a great deal to me (3d molecular graphics)... So is the system hang a known problem with GeForce3 (NV20) and drivers newer than 3123? On my box, it is not some difficult-to-reproduce random thing, but rather just starting X will immediately hang the system every time, with every driver/kernel combination. Do I just happen to have a rare bad card or is this something so common that NVidia might actually fix it in a new driver release?
I still have Red Hat 8.0 root partition intact on the hard drive, so I guess I'll go back to that for the moment.