NVIDIA has now managed to make it nearly two weeks before issuing a new Linux driver update. The NVIDIA 185.19 Beta
is still the latest in the 185.xx series, but NVIDIA has provided a pre-release of the 180.51 driver.
The NVIDIA 180.51 driver adds support for the GeForce GT 130, GeForce GT 140, GeForce GTS 250, GeForce 9400GT, and GeForce 9600GSO 512MB. Fixed in this driver update are system crashes and intermittent hangs when using GeForce 9 GPUs and later, rendering corruption fixes for the OpenGL 16-bit RGB Workstation Overlay, a VDPAU regression with H.264 clips failing on select GPUs, and a number of other fixes too. One nice fix is hopefully NVIDIA has finally taken care of the driver memory management performance problems when using a compositing manager. This new release is also compatible with the Linux 2.6.30 kernel.
The full change-log along with Linux x86/x86_64 download links can be found in the Phoronix Forums