I realize my current card, Quadro FX 1800, is not supported by the latest drivers and after the recent crashes (see my other thread) I’m contemplating a replacement.
I do a lot of software development work, mainly open source projects and this keeps me very busy. I’m not actively involved in any of the open source desktop (Xorg, GNOME, etc) projects though so I need my X desktop to be as stable as possible, I don’t have time to be updating those parts of the system, updating drivers, etc. My focus is more on server-side, monitoring, financial and real-time communications software, you can see some of my work here:
I’m running GNOME 3. Applications I use include Eclipse, a lot of terminal windows, Firefox and Chrome windows, VirtualBox and Blender.
My current hardware (HP Z800 workstation with HP branded Quadro FX 1800) was extremely stable with Debian 7 and GNOME classic. Over a period of a couple of years I don’t think it ever crashed.
With Debian 8 and GNOME 3, I’m having Xorg crashes, 3 this week.
So my questions are:
which combination of card and driver will be most stable, most supported by NVIDIA and most suitable for my work? For example, should I just get one of the newest Quadro series cards, such as the K420 or should I look at another type of card?
are there any other recommendations about how I can get more stability with the Quadro FX 1800 and the 340.76 driver? For example, should I just change to GNOME classic or Cinammon desktop? Or do I need to go back to an older kernel, such as the 3.2 kernel that is in Debian 7?
does NVIDIA offer any promotional pricing for open source / Linux developers?
does NVIDIA offer any trade-in for older cards?