As we reported in December, the Nouveau driver is available in Ubuntu 9.04. Unlike Fedora 11 where the Nouveau driver is being enabled by default on NVIDIA hardware, the Nouveau driver will be an after-installation option to Ubuntu users. In this article are the simple steps on how to enabled the Nouveau driver in Ubuntu and what you can expect from this open-source, community-spawned graphics driver.
When I installed Ubuntu 8.10, I had to add a line in xorg.conf so it would know how to handle my SLI set up.
After many install issues, by far the worst installer I've ever encountered in linux, and driver issues, Ubuntu 9.04 is a no go for me. 9.04 found the proprietary drivers and let me install them, but on restart it had the exact same error as when I installed 8.10. Unfortunately the line I fixed in xorg.conf didn't work this time around.
I'm a dreamer, I dream of a time when I can game on my linux distro. Right now I just game with UT2k4 or Quake Wars but that 3D support is imperative. Guess it's back to 8.10. If these distro developers aren't careful, they could alienate what gamers who do use Linux or would like to switch to from Windows (me). I personally think everyday programs like games is what keeps Linux desktop from becoming mainstream. Why limit that by using drivers that don't work?