Re: Drivers, drivers, drivers
Yep, your experiences / views pretty much match my own.
With the Intel stuff, things are getting quite exciting with their recent interest in discrete cards (such as the Intel Xe). Yes, not the fastest but so long as I can get native resolution with an XTerm, I am happy haha.
I see NVIDIA a little bit like ImgTech's PowerVR. Fancy but useless for workstations. Don't waste another thought on them (that said, for my uses Nouveau is actually pretty darn usable, I am looking forward to FreeBSD and OpenBSD one day perhaps importing the source. I have a tonne of old inherited NVIDIA cards in cold storage).
For high performance acceleration, AMD is basically our saviour. For now.