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NVIDIA Puts Out Hefty Linux Driver Update

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Published on 13 July 2012 12:05 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in NVIDIA
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NVIDIA released the 304.22 Linux x86/x86_64 graphics driver beta this morning, which has a number of new features and fixes. There's 27 official changes to be exact.

The worthwhile changes in the NVIDIA 304.22 Linux driver include:

- Support for the Kepler-based GeForce GTX 680M, Quadro K1000M, and Quadro K2000M graphics cards.

- RandR (Resize and Rotate extension) handling enhancements, following NVIDIA's recent RandR 1.2/1.3 support. There's also new RandR output properties exposed.

- With the RandR improvements and changes to IncludeImplicitMetaModes, Wine and SDL applications among other software should interact better in multi-monitor configurations and more display resolutions should be exposed.

- Support for DisplayPort 1.2 branch devices, which allows multiple displays to be connected to a single DisplayPort connector on the graphics card.

- Support for DKMS within the NVIDIA installer. This means the NVIDIA binary blob can now be automatically rebuilt upon new kernel installations, assuming there is Dynamic Kernel Module Support.

- Enhanced support for Base Mosic on SLI systems up to three displays.

- Support for desktop panning when rotation, reflection, and/or transformation is applied.

- Fixes upon resuming from suspend.

- OpenGL hang fixes.

- NVIDIA-Settings improvements.

More details and download links are available from NVIDIA.com.

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