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  • Developers Devising Plan To Ship Newer NVIDIA Drivers On Ubuntu Stable Releases

    Phoronix: Developers Devising Plan To Ship Newer NVIDIA Drivers On Ubuntu Stable Releases

    Currently NVIDIA's packaged drivers on Ubuntu can get a bit stale on Ubuntu stable releases since they aren't updated in-step with the latest driver releases. But a new stable release update (SRU) policy/exception similar to the Firefox approach is being made for Ubuntu so that new releases will end up working their way into currently supported Ubuntu series...

    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...ers-SRU-Ubuntu

  • #2
    This is literally a nonissue.

    https://launchpad.net/~graphics-driv...ive/ubuntu/ppa

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    • #3
      Two things here:

      1. Newer doesn't always equal better. NVIDIA ships broken drivers all the time with tons of regressions. There's a reason that overclockers spend weeks validating drivers before doing runs on liquid nitrogen.

      2. NVIDIA stops supporting hardware frequently, especially on their mobile drivers. Unless I can force a branch, like R390 in the case of my laptop, this feature is useless to me.

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      • #4
        Would love to see that for the free software drivers too...
        Free Software Developer .:. Mesa and Xorg
        Opinions expressed in these forum posts are my own.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by anarki2 View Post
          Well, this definitely needs to happen out-of-the-box without the user needing to manually add a PPA (think of how Linus assumed nvidia 390 from the repos was OK on his proton video). Due to the level of stability Ubuntu targets, Canonical probably thinks an SRU (and the weeks of testing it entails) is more appropriate for the average user.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by anarki2 View Post
            I came across this PPA 2 weeks ago. Been a big time saver for me.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by rumblpak View Post
              Two things here:

              2. NVIDIA stops supporting hardware frequently, especially on their mobile drivers. Unless I can force a branch, like R390 in the case of my laptop, this feature is useless to me.
              You can use apt hold to freeze any given package to any available version:
              Code:
              sudo apt-mark hold nvidia-driver-410

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              • #8
                Originally posted by rumblpak View Post
                2. NVIDIA stops supporting hardware frequently, especially on their mobile drivers. Unless I can force a branch, like R390 in the case of my laptop, this feature is useless to me.
                Considering that pinning a version of graphics drivers keeps back your X.org server, this is a questionable choice. You're better off giving up some performance and using free drivers that are properly supported.

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                • #9
                  There's a reason people go with nvidia for graphics. Using nouveau negates that reason unfortunately, though not nouveau's fault.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by royce View Post
                    There's a reason people go with nvidia for graphics.
                    Its actually odd. I don't know a single person that has gone with nvidia blobs. Everyone I know is with the open amd drivers or intel.

                    Is nvidia still relevant now that open-source drivers are starting to really become competitive or is nvidia simply for users new to Linux who don't know any better? It might make for an interesting poll!

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