I have been using nVidia graphics for years in Linux. Poor nVidia driver support is related to bad package management or bad package maintainer from pre-compiled distributions. nVidia does not have poor driver support in Linux. At least nVidia fixes problems and supports all features of their graphics cards. Intel graphics and AMD graphics in Linux have poor support.
Nvidia Corp. has been criticized for poor support of Linux operating system and low performance under the OS. To fix the situation, Nvidia this week introduced new R310 driver, which doubles performance in certain video games and dramatically reduces game loading times for those gaming on the Linux operating system.
The result of almost a year of development by Nvidia, Valve and other game developers, the new GeForce R310 drivers are designed to give GeForce customers the best possible Linux-based PC gaming experience and showcase the potential of the world's biggest open-source operating system. The new R310 drivers were also thoroughly tested with Steam for Linux, the extension of Valve's popular Steam gaming platform that officially opened to gamers starting today.
The new R310 drivers are tailored to boost performance of the newest GeForce GTX 600 series GPUs. Still Gamers with previous generation GeForce GPUs, including the 8800 GT and above, are encouraged to download these new drivers as well.
“With this release, Nvidia has managed to increase the overall gaming performance under Linux. Nvidia took an unquestioned leadership position developing R310 drivers with us and other studios to provide an absolutely unequalled solution for Linux gamers," said Doug Lombardi, vice president of marketing at Valve.