"I will pledge at least $10 USD towards the development of the open source nouveau driver for the nvidia card series but only if 1,000 other people will do the same."
— David Nielsen
Deadline to sign up by: 8th February 2007
1,366 people signed up (366 over target)
For the longest time nvidia have failed to provide specifications for their hardware or a working free accelerated 3d driver for inclusion with X.org. Thus leaving the many users of their videocards on popular UN*X systems such as Linux with only the option of using a 2d only driver or using nvidia' notorious proprietary driver.
With the advent of technological improvements to the underlying system to allow desktop effects this leaves a great number of users out in the cold. A project does exists to reverse engineer a driver for the existing nvidia cards, however this is a hard task which will require many man hours to complete. Thus the aim to present the Nouveau team with this no strings attached donation of at least $10.000 USD to further their nobel effort in developing this driver.
More information on the Nouveau driver project can be found here:
David Nielsen, the Pledge Creator, joined by: