Can't wait; Linux has so much in the near future, its exciting.
Originally Posted by SkillzKillz
Do AMD and Nvidia both make drivers for linux for their flagship gaming GPUs?
Yes, ATi's drivers fall behind quickly due to the way they made them, they don't keep them as up to date as they should and so they stop working when new kernels and X11 packages come out. Not an issue unless you are on a rolling release distro, and even then you can easily blacklist automatic updates to X11, and set up a script to recompile the drivers with every kernel update, which takes no time at all. Also ATi decides arbitrarily to stop supporting "legacy GPUs" which in the most recent case is the HD 4xxx series of GPUs. Basically you have to buy a new gpu every ~4 years to keep driver support. Not that big of a deal for most OCNers since we generally update about that often.
From there, nvidia has the most robust commercial drivers on Linux, though they are starting to slack off a little here and there, the most recent antics being the forced enabling of PowerMizer and disabling overclocking support in Linux for 4xx or higher cards. I assume now that there is a decent Linux gaming push and the hand-in-hand efforts between nvidia and Valve to port L4D2 to Linux, that newer updates will start being more feature-oriented again. The last update did almost double my performance in certain games, and a small OpenGL *.so override provides a HUGE (~50-80%) gain in many games using OpenGL in Wine (WoW, TF2, others with OpenGL backends)Edited by Xaero252 - 12/16/12 at 1:29pm