I've installed Ubuntu 13.04 from scratch on my "serp7". After installing the latest System76 drivers (v. 3.2.7) from http://planet76.com/repositories/, I found Daily and Stable dev PPAs at https://launchpad.net/~system76-dev. The pkg in the Stable dev PPA is at v.
After googling and trying some things (http://askubuntu.com/questions/20267...-work-in-12-10), when I went to Software Sources>Additional Drivers, I saw that the driver I had selected was: "Using NVIDIA binary Xorg driver, kernel module and VDPAU library from nvidia-304 (open source)."
I didn't know Nvidia had an open source driver for Linux.
I wonder what the state / performance of the open source ATI driver is now, when compared to the closed source driver for 'old' cards.
currently, I'm stuck with Ubuntu 8.10, as that's the last edition that comes with the 'old' ATI drivers, that support my ATI Mobility FireGL V5200 card. (which is 'old' according to ATI/AMD, even though it's a 3 year old top-of-the-line card).
Nvidia is cozying up just a little with the open source community, with it emerging in late January that it's kicked some driver code into the Nouveau open source graphics driver project. The company has previously been the recipient of hate mail from the open source community as being difficult to work with.