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June 2011
Our general observation is that Open Source Support of Quadro Fermi cards is lacking as in June 2011 although this situation may change.  In the lack of organised information, this page provides glimpses of the support position with personal blogs.

17 June 2011 - RHEL 6.1

RHEL 6.1 has a lot more support than 5.3; it supported the on board audio and NIC by default. The USB3.0 controller was also supported, however I am not sure if it is able to operate at USB3.0 speeds as I do not have USB3.0 device to test it with.  The default graphics driver for the Quadro card is called Nouveau, it is an open source Nvidia driver but it only supports basic features (no 3D hardware acceleration it looks like). I have been having some troubles getting the Nvidia driver to install, however with that link Matthew supplied, I might be able to get it to work.

15 June 2011 - RHEL 5.3

After spending a bit of time on this I have been unable to get RHEL 5.3 functioning 100% on a CEW test system. The main issue is the NIC not working (the controller is detected correctly but it detects the physical link as not being present) and there are no default drivers for the audio or USB 3.0 controllers. The latest Quadro driver also cannot be installed at first because you need to download compilers and this is not possible without a working network connection.  A more experienced user may be able to get it to work but I do not say that with any certainty. It is possible the latest releases (currently it is at 6.1) supports the newer hardware as version 5.3 is over 2 years old.

15 June 2011 - General Situation

Out of the three major CAD application vendors, there is only 1 application that has been released for use with Linux: Draftsight 2D editing software by Dassault Systems. Aside from that there is no support; this was taken from a forum discussion on the matter of Photoshop support for Linux and explains the ISV mindset with regards to this issue:
Again, we've done the research.  The profits aren't there -- very few Linux users are willing to pay for commercial software. And the cost of entry is still high because of the fragmented Linux landscape.  The Linux world has to change before commercial software will have reason to invest in Linux ports.  And we haven't seen much real change in the Linux market in several years.

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