Re: default fan speed at 100% on 9600GT
I think a small GPL fan control kernel module, submitted for inclusion in the kernel would be awesome. It could load and do its thing much earlier in the the boot process and would be independent of X.
On getting the default reduced, I wonder if we'd make more progress complaining to nVidia, or to MSI, Asus, Gigabyte, etc. It's probably a firmware thing.