The reason I didn't have nvidia vid card up for graphics on linux for more than a year was that there was no way to compile the modules for the latest kernels until now
If I had the juice at nvidia I would PayPal serious big bucks to the guy who hacked that. NOTE the time lag between that work getting done so we can have nvidia graphics on new kernels and WHEN we get the hack to compile nvidia ethernet and audio modules for latest kernels.
You'd think that a gamer-dependent company would understand the concept that the latest hardware and software is used by gamers and only ALLEGED to be "server-only hardware". What moron at nvidia has been thinking LONGER THAN TWO MINUTES that nvidia should develop drivers for "stable(ha ha ha)" kernesl, first or EVER?!
I remember paying $5000 for a 486DX with 16MB of RAM because it was the stone cold obvious ABSOLUTE BAREBONES MINIMUM required to run Win 3.0 for DESKTOP apps, but for YEARS that and EVERY new generation of cpu was heralded as "probably only for workstations for at least a year"...that has NEVER been true! Gamers always emptied the shelves--maybe somebody was just limiting supply to keep prices up!
Remember renting a rotary telephone from Ma Bell because you couldn't buy a phone there or anywhere else? They came in black, black,and black. Due to popular demand but without any linkage to popular specificity, they came in red and snot-yellow-green, but the red one was reserved for national security and the snot one was for GAMERS!
Admittedly the same marketing morons who claimed new hardware was only for servers for at least a year always claimed that the new hardware was also for multimedia apps. Multimedia apps such as teleconferencing always lagged games in sales, until after the marketing morons who set up Detroit to get knocked off by Japanese cars around 1970 fired. Then the new morons sold us dv boards and burners with NO LINUX DRIVERS!!!
Now there is a real multimedia market to combine with gamer demand for nvidia drivers for development kernels.
There were two forks of the marketers' tongue, new hardware would only be for servers for year(hazardous to health and only for certified adults!), while multimedia apps were around the corner. That went on for ten years.
Maybe it's inbred hereditary aristocracy?
I understand nvidia is working with linux kernel hackers to get the ethernet driver working in latest kernels, but what about audio? Why wouldn't a gamer-dependent company think gamers as cutting-edge people would want the latest kernel, latest nvidia card, latest everything?