Re: Cannot get any distro of Linux to install - Randomly locks up
No, nouveau is the modern open-source nvidia driver completely unrelated to NVIDIA's proprietary driver. Most people probably use nvidia's driver, but most distros default to nouveau for legal or technical or philosophical reasons. Nvidia corp has nothing to do with that driver afaik, or very little to do with it. If you continue having freezing troubles, I would suggest asking how to use a fallback mode with basic vesa drivers or whatever on your distribution's forums and install the official nvidia drivers instead post-installation, and see how that goes. On ubuntu based distros, that is done through jockey / the "restricted drivers manager" thing and I think fallback/safe mode is one of the install medium boot options. Afaik, these forums are primarily for the official nvidia drivers.