NVIDIA has been at work on the 195.xx driver series
for some months already and has delivered beta releases to the public that offer VDPAU improvements and new features
along with faster X Render performance
. This evening they have published a new beta driver for the public, this time it's 195.36.03.
The NVIDIA 195.36.03 driver for Linux (and FreeBSD and OpenSolaris) fixes a system hang for GeForce 6/7 series graphics cards, a workaround for a notebook bug with invalid EDID, the maximum number of slices supported by VDPAU for MPEG-2 streams has been increased, unofficial preliminary support for xorg-server video driver ABI version 7, and the soname of libvdpau_nvidia.so.1 and libvdpau_trace.so have been fixed. X Server 1.8
hasn't even been released and it won't be for nearly two months, but this hasn't stopped NVIDIA from providing preliminary support for this major update. This is coming as AMD still has yet to deliver support for X Server 1.7, which was released last October, and they only just recently delivered support for the Linux 2.6.32 kernel.
The official change-log with Linux x86/x86_64 download links for the NVIDIA 195.36.03 driver can be found at NvNews.net