NVIDIA 358.09 Beta Prepares For DRM Mode-Setting Interface

Written by Michael Larabel in NVIDIA on 12 October 2015 at 12:15 PM EDT. 27 Comments
The first public beta in NVIDIA's 358 driver series for Linux, BSD, and Solaris is available! Building off the NVIDIA 355 series, the 358 series adds in more pieces of the puzzle for interfacing with DRM/KMS and continues stepping closer to Mir/Wayland support.

The NVIDIA 358.09 driver release adds in a new nvidia-modeset kernel module for working in tandem with the nvidia kernel module for mode-setting. In a later driver release, the nvidia-modeset kernel driver will be used as "a basis for the mode-setting interface provided by the kernel's direct rendering manager."

The NVIDIA 358.09 driver release also fixes an OpenGL performance regression for headless systems, a memory leak, flickering/delays when entering/leaving G-SYNC mode, and various other fixes.

This updated proprietary NVIDIA Linux driver also has new GLX protocol extensions and a new system memory allocation mechanism for large allocations in the OpenGL driver. New hardware support in NVIDIA's 358 Linux driver series is for the GeForce 805A and GTX 960A.

More details on the new NVIDIA Linux graphics driver release via NVIDIA DevTalk.
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