Re: 169.04 drivers and Xorg ABI = 3.0
I would say that nVidia's position is rather positive.
Aaron does not rule out support in the next driver release, so they are probably making some progress toward implementing the current state of play, despite the segfaults. I do not see how they could really commit to anything more.
However, bug reporting on ABI 3.0 without render acceleration makes little sense, so the 1.3 Xorg server is the only sensible option until the next driver comes out.
The new gdm makes -ignoreABI difficult enough to make me less than sorry to forget about it.