One small step... One giant leap
Kind of a grandiose thread title, but it seemed fitting.
The small step:
I just switched from nvidia's proprietary graphics driver to the Free nouveau drivers.
The giant leap:
I now have no proprietary software on my desktop system at all.
While I didn't set out to be completely free, it's kind of a nice place to be. Nvidia's drivers were just becoming a nuisance for me, now they'll be updated with the kernel like they should be. I do have 3D acceleration, and while it's not brilliant, games are still playable, and the desktop is as good as ever.