With every how-to post I read for installing Linux one of the first things to do once the initial install is finished is to install NVIDIA/ATI drivers if you have those graphics adapters in your system.
What is the down side of not installing the proprietary drivers and keeping the default drivers loaded during the initial install? I get the resolution I want with them. Since I'm not interested in using Compiz or any applications that require advanced graphics (so far) will I get any benefit with them? Would videos play more smoothly?