NVIDIA Proprietary Driver Causes Last Minute Headache For Ubuntu 20.04.5 LTS
Ubuntu 20.04.5 LTS is due for release tomorrow as those on the Ubuntu 20.04 "Focal Fossa" long-term support series. It looks like Ubuntu 20.04.5 LTS will still release tomorrow, 1 September, but they've had to do a last-minute rebuild for most of their install images.
The issue comes down to the NVIDIA 390 series legacy driver pulling in the Linux 5.13 kernel packages even though 20.04.5's hardware-enablement stack (HWE) should be on Linux 5.15 that is back-ported from 22.04.
The NVIDIA 390 series driver is still used by some on older NVIDIA graphics cards while the much newer NVIDIA 515 series is the mainline driver also available for use with newer graphics cards. Back in January a Canonical engineer had dropped the NVIDIA 390 series driver support at the time on the basis of:
Drop nvidia 390 that is really old and it doesn't build anymore with linux 5.15.
But there is now support on the NVIDIA 390 series driver for using the Linux 5.15 kernel, so this avoiding of pulling in 5.13 kernel packages while retaining NVIDIA legacy driver support can be properly handled.
NVIDIA's proprietary driver stack for their legacy GPUs through a last-minute wrench into Ubuntu 20.04.5 LTS. But it looks like all should be good for release day.
This morning the engineers have respun most of the 20.04.5 images to fix the NVIDIA 390 driver situation.
Those wishing to test the Ubuntu 20.04.5 LTS release in what should be its final form ahead of the hopeful release tomorrow can see these new QA builds.