NVIDIA 361.28 Linux Driver Released, Makes GLVND Optional

Written by Michael Larabel in NVIDIA on 9 February 2016 at 01:00 PM EST. 19 Comments
The NVIDIA 361.28 Linux driver was released a short time ago as the newest stable release in the NVIDIA 361 driver series.

The NVIDIA 361.28 release adds a legacy, non-GLVND libGL.so library to the NVIDIA package. This allows distribution packagers to choose between the GLVND and non-GLVND GLX client libraries at install time. The NVIDIA installer itself is defaulting to the legacy library unless --glvnd-glx-client is passed at install time. This is being done due to behavior differences with the NVIDIA GLX client driver that isn't defined by the Linux OpenGL 1.0 ABI.

The long-awaited GLVND support was added to the first NVIDIA 361 Linux beta. The OpenGL Vendor Neutral Dispatch Library will be a big win once all of the major Linux OpenGL drivers are supporting this interface. See our many past articles on the topic if you are unfamiliar with GLVND.

The NVIDIA 361.28 release also adds GeForce 945A support, updates to the NVIDIA Installer, removes the VDPAU wrapper now that it's widely available independent of the driver, and an EGL driver bug fix.

More details on today's NVIDIA 361.28 Linux driver release can be found via NVIDIA.com.
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