Stephane Marchesin, the leader of the Nouveau project, has announced that the Mesa work has been merged into the Gallium3D version 0.2 branch instead of being developed in an independent branch. Nouveau is the community project that's been reverse-engineering NVIDIA's binary Linux driver in order to provide an open-source 2D and 3D driver for NVIDIA graphics hardware...
Now what bugs me is... Why would someone want an open source driver to play a closed source game?
And before you rebut me, if you're going to run a completely open source system, then more power to you.
Because the reason we like open source is that it usually results in _better_ source. The more flexibility the end user has with what they use, the better. As of now, the best games out there happen to be proprietary. That may change, but right now, that's the way it is.
I don't use open source stuff because I'm an idealist, I use it 'cause it's better.
I'd just like to say "More power to these guys!". I don't currently use their driver, but I'm really rooting for them to get to the point where loss of features/performance becomes insignificant relative to my want of OSS solutions.