> The nvidia blob has in my experience been the only solid, dependable video driver for Linux.
I've had lots of issues with the blob. Mainly when dealing with multiple monitors or WM compositing. I've not used it since around Fedora 10 or so on a day-to-day machine (I have it on a work laptop in an alternate install for OpenCL testing, but that hasn't been booted in months).
> I've not yet met a system using Intel graphics which doesn't need the screen resolution to be set manually in xorg.conf.
I have a desktop (19" 1440x900 monitor) and netbook (9" 1024x600) with Intel graphics that have never needed an xorg.conf for anything.