Intel Graphics Installer for Linux Arrives with Latest Drivers and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Support

The developers provide support for a number of other distros as well

By on August 5th, 2014 07:15 GMT

The Intel Graphics Installer for Linux, a tool that allows users to easily install the latest graphics and video drivers for their Intel graphics hardware, is now at version 1.0.6 and is ready for download.

The installer is a very handy tool that is unique to the Intel platform and users can only hope to get a similar piece of software from NVIDIA and AMD in the future. With the exception of Intel, the other companies seem to be stuck in the past and they are not able to provide a decent installer.

Intel has published details about the Graphics Stack 2014Q2, revealing all the packages that are going to be used for the Intel Graphics Installer. It's actually packed with lots of updates, but you have to be sure that you really want to update. There is a chance, albeit very small, to ruin your system.

“The Intel Graphics Installer for Linux allows you to easily install the latest graphics and video drivers for your Intel graphics hardware. This allows you to stay current with the latest enhancements, optimizations, and fixes to the Intel Graphics Stack to ensure the best user experience with your Intel graphics hardware. The Intel Graphics Installer for Linux is available for the latest versions of Ubuntu and Fedora,” reads the official announcement.

“Running the Graphics Installer on deprecated Ubuntu and Fedora versions will not update your graphics stack to our current release-- instead, your graphics stack will be upgraded to an older graphics stack release. We strongly encourage use of the latest versions of Ubuntu and Fedora, as the Installer will keep you up-to-date with the latest Intel Graphics Stack for Linux,” also note the Intel developers.

For now, the support for this application extends to Ubuntu 14.04 64-bit, Ubuntu 14.04 32-bit, Fedora 20 64-bit, and Fedora 20 32-bit. There is a caveat though. The devs have explained that Ubuntu 14.10 is expected to release in October 2014 and the support for Ubuntu 13.10 will end when 14.10 is launched.

Also, Fedora 21 is expected to release in August 2014 and the support for Fedora 19 will end when Fedora 21 is launched. All other previous versions are no longer supported by the Intel Graphics Installer for Linux.

More details about Intel Graphics Installer for Linux can be found on the official website. The latest version of the Intel Graphics Installer, 1.0.6, can be downloaded from Softpedia, but keep in mind that you will need to be root in order to make it work.
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