> The "binary nVidia driver crashes your kernel" bit is FUD, IMO.
I'm not sure. When the nvidia driver needed to be rebuilt against your kernel every time you upgraded, the Red Hat mailing lists were submerged with mails complaining that the kernel upgrade had crashed their machine (in fact, X hadn't started).
The same thing happened with upgrading to the next version of the distribution which upgraded your kernel but didn't rebuild the nvidia driver to match.
Feel free to argue that this isn't a crash, per se but the heart of the matter is that a) users didn't like it and b) it happened with the nvidia driver, not the nv one.