I have the nVidia GeForce 9400M GS. I expect Ubuntu 10.10 will ship working Noveau+Compiz, which should triple the noveau userbase and really provide a lot of testing.
What's really cool is to think.. now that we're all getting Free drivers, we want Free firmware.. once we have Free drivers and Free firmware, we might finally put some proper emphasis on CoreBoot.
as bridgeman said the devs are that good and it is that hard .... but is hasn't happened that fast it has taken years of hard work and dedication to reverse engineer these cards. I just think that should be said as it hasn't been easy for these guys.
Also r600 is pretty advanced too most stuff seems to be working I haven't tried blood frontier again yet but sauerbraten is working and most everything else works even some games in wine though I have encountered a lot that don't yet
(I don't know how fast it runs with the proprietary driver, for comparison, I don't have it installed).
I have Fedora 12 x86-64 running on my Macbook Pro 4,1 which has an nVidia GeForce 8600M GT [NV50 family: NV84 (G84)].
I fetched the latest Fedora 13 mesa and libdrm packages from koji, and installed them.
(the actual nouveau_dri.so driver)
(and just for plain testing)
glxinfo now reports:
client glx vendor string: Mesa Project and SGI
client glx version string: 1.4
GLX version: 1.4
OpenGL vendor string: nouveau
OpenGL renderer string: Gallium 0.4 on NV84
OpenGL version string: 2.1 Mesa 7.8-devel
OpenGL shading language version string: 1.20
and stuff is clearly working (I even turned on Compiz and had the rotating cube for a few minutes), however the system locks up after a while [a few minutes? ie. some time playing around - I got about 2/3 of the way through the mesa-demos before it locked up the first time]. Or rather not the system itself, but just the X server - I can still ssh in over the network, looks like X is burning 100% cpu, can be kill -9'ed, and then acceleration seems to be gone (on the new X server) till reboot.
Tried with both these kernels:
I'm guessing though that it's too early to be reporting bugs of any kind (although I'm willing to debug) and furthermore this mixed fc12-fc13 setup is probably _very_ unsupported.
Not much longer. It's kind of funny though. This really gets us nowhere. But after a few more months of pain then we get to have incredible VM's that are secure with great graphics capability and I can't even imagine what wine is going to turn into. But that is even more waiting. grrrr.
I download the latest fedora nightly-compose and create a liveusb image. Then I boot it and install mesa-dri-drivers-experimental. 3D is working and compiz is working so smoothly.
However sometimes the desktop hangs on, I can switch to another tty. Later restarting gdm would return to the normal. My card is 8600GT for desktop PC.
Nouveau is so great. I am looking forward to r600g. I have another RV635. Unfortunately, r300g is still waiting.
I don't think F13 will switch to r300g yet, but I'd expect F14 to use r300g (and r600g).
As far as I am concerned, this is quite a milestone: 3D out of the box (ok, nearly) for 95%+ of PCs. Impressive.