"Currently, GNU/Linux users with Nvidia graphics cards have two
choices: Either use the proprietary drivers and violate their free
software principles, or use the free nv driver and do without 3-D
acceleration. The Nouveau project is working to overcome this
dilemma by producing its own set of fully functional free Nvidia
drivers. We talked to Stephane Marchesin and Ben Skeggs, two of the
active developers in Nouveau, about the history of the project and
the current status of its work.
"Like several others working on video drivers, both Marchesin
and Skeggs got their start in the field in the R300 project, a
discontinued project whose members attempted to understand 3-D
acceleration on a family of ATI Radeon cards..."