Last night, March 30th, Nvidia announced yet another improved version of their proprietary video driver for the Linux, FreeBSD and Solaris open-source operating systems. The new version, Nvidia 180.44, provides support for many new GPUs, such as: Quadro FX 3800, Quadro FX 3700M, Quadro FX 1800, Quadro FX 580, Quadro FX 380, Quadro NVS 295, GeForce GT 120, GeForce G100. Moreover, it introduces the following new features:
· glGetStringi(GL_EXTENSIONS, i) was updated to work properly in OpenGL 3.0;
· RG renderbuffers support was added in OpenGL 3.0;
· Floating-point depth buffers support was added in OpenGL 3.0;
· Added WMV/VC-1 acceleration support in VDPAU;
· Better handling of H.264 and MPEG videos in VDPAU;
· Added skip chroma deinterlace function in VDPAU, in order to run advanced deinterlacing algorithms on old systems;
· Better power management for various machines, such as Hewlett-Packard xw4600;
· The recovery function was improved;
· The VDPAU wrapper library will now print dlerror() messages if the driver fails to load;
· The VDPAU manual was updated.
Nvidia 180.44 display driver for Linux also fixes various issues, such as:
· Repaired KDE 4.x Plasma issues with OpenGL 3.0;
· Repaired various OpenGL issues/crashes;
· Repaired various Xid issues;
· Repaired various X server crashes;
· Repaired the Autodesk Maya issues;
· Repaired H.264 handling in VDPAU;
· Repaired WMV handling in VDPAU;
· Repaired Valgrind crashes;
· Repaired the decoding of VC-1 streams on the 64-bit architecture.
For a complete list of bug fixes and improvements, please take a look at the official changelog.
How to install the Nvidia video drivers on your Linux box?
Log out of your current session and hit the CTRL+ALT+F1 key combination in order to enter a text-mode session. Log in as root (System Administrator), go to the folder where you've downloaded the Nvidia driver installer for your architecture (see below for links), and type the following corresponding command.
For 32-bit users:
For 64-bit users:
Then, follow the on-screen instructions to install the Nvidia video driver. Please note that the Linux kernel headers and a GCC compiler will be required to complete the installation!
Download the Nvidia Linux display driver 180.44 for the x86 architecture right now from Softpedia.
Download the Nvidia Linux display driver 180.44 for the AMD64/EM64T architectures right now from Softpedia.
Download the Nvidia FreeBSD display driver 180.44 for the x86 architectures right now from Softpedia.
Download the Nvidia Solaris display driver 180.44 for the x86 architecture right now from Softpedia.