Re: NV Linux support, history, timeline
The first Xfree86 4.0.0 drivers (version 0.9) were from early 2001. Before that time Nvidia provided open source 3d drivers for Xfree86 3.3.x but those were very slow as they didn't take advantage of DMA and other mechanisms. I remember quake3 running at about 15fps at 640x480 (fastest settings) while it ran at 60fps or so on my voodoo2 and on Windows it was fast too. The old drivers were first released in 1999 or so.