Nvidia Release Major Linux Update, Preparing For SteamOS Arrival

/ 3 years ago

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The relationship between Nvidia and Linux has come a long way since Linux founder Linus Torvald famously said “So Nvidia, F**k you” back in mid 2012. Linus Torvald’s response was due to the fact that Nvidia was unwilling to work properly with the Linux community despite it becoming more dependent on it. Since that statement Nvidia has become even more dependent on the Linux community – pushing ahead with Tegra for Linux-powered Android devices (such as Nvidia’s Shield and Tegra Note) and partnering up with Valve to launch the Linux-based SteamOS. Whether Nvidia has successfully engaged with the Linux community is another matter for discussion but what they have done is release a brand new driver package for Linux based operating systems ahead of the SteamOS launch.

Nvidia’s 331.20 drivers include a wide variety of bug fixes and new features for Linux based operating systems. The new package supports Linux 32 bit, Linux 64 bit, FreeBSD, Solaris and ARM operating systems. There is added support for Nvidia OpenGL based Framebuffer Capture (NvFBCOpenGL) too. You can check out the full change log right here and if you’re interested in getting the latest Nvidia Linux drivers for your Linux distribution then see here for the appropriate drivers.

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