New Nforce2 Linux drivers are coming soon!
Here's the email I received from Scott at Nvidia:-
RE: Nforce2 spdif out in Linux
I'm not sure if someone else has responded to you yet. _We're very close to
releasing an updated driver package that adds SPDIF output support to the
i810 audio driver. _That should solve your SPDIF issue. _The 1394 controller
in nForce2 is a completely standard OHCI implementation. No special NVIDIA
drivers should be required. The same can be said for our USB1 and USB2
implemenations which implement standard OHCI/EHCI functionality. You should
simply need a kernel and tools which support the desired functionality under
Linux. We had previously just submitted changes to the i810 audio driver,
but as you've seen progress within the Linux community has been slow.
Because of that, we've gone ahead and done the SPDIF implementation directly
and will be releasing it very soon.
This is GREAT news!!!!!! Shame about the firewire issue because there is a problem with the Nforce2 firewire controller, Hopefully I should have some more news about that soon.
All I can say is Well Done Nvidia & Well Done Scott! I only sent the mail yesterday so the reply was very quick indeed.