An anonymous reader writes: While NVIDIA is not open-source friendly contrary to public outcries over the years, they have traditionally supported the xf86-video-nv driver to provide basic mode setting support and other basic functionality. However, with the "Fermi" and future products, even that open-source support will cease to exist. NVIDIA has announced they are dropping this open-source support for future GPUs and really ending it altogether. NVIDIA's recommendation is to just use the generic X.Org VESA driver to navigate their way to NVIDIA.com so that they can install the proprietary driver. Fortunately there is the Nouveau project that provides a 2D and 3D video driver for NVIDIA's hardware, but NVIDIA fails to acknowledge it nor support their efforts in any form.