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    Default NVIDIA 304.51 Linux Graphics Driver Released

    Phoronix: NVIDIA 304.51 Linux Graphics Driver Released

    NVIDIA has released an updated proprietary Linux graphics driver...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTE5MjU

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    Default Boring updates...

    Without Optimus support the Nvidia chip embedded in my laptop remains unusable... Nvidia Linux team should really focus on the blocking feature first.

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    On the contrary, I'm happy to get bug fixes!

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    Seen it every time now so maybe it's worth a note... It might probably help if you could post links to both 32bit and 64bit driver versions, not just the latter...

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    I still have to turn off composite when running certain things. How long has this been going on for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by storma View Post
    I still have to turn off composite when running certain things. How long has this been going on for?
    Unfortunately, every single compositor in linux doesn't work properly with Nvidia.

    All Xrender compositors have tearing because xrender extensions doesn't support vsync, and xorg never added support for it.

    Most openlgl compositors also have issues. Kwin and Mutter tears with vsync, Compiz have terrible performance while dragging windows and also playing games.

    The only opengl compositor that works as it should is E17 compositor, but it's not standalone and I don't like E17.

    Dev's never bothered to fix these problems and blame Nvidia drivers for their incompetence. Windows have a perfect composite desktop with no performance hit and is tear free, so don't blame Nvidia drivers.

    Weston compositor is the last hope of getting this fixed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spykes View Post
    Without Optimus support the Nvidia chip embedded in my laptop remains unusable... Nvidia Linux team should really focus on the blocking feature first.
    Yeah... or how about simply working even when Optimus is disabled. My Thinkpad T520's firmware settings can be configured for integrated, discrete, or Optimus. When I choose discrete, the Nouveau drivers for X will load fine, but the nVidia binary blob won't.

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    One thing's for sure... when Steam for Linux comes out... I'll be sticking with Windows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnc View Post
    One thing's for sure... when Steam for Linux comes out... I'll be sticking with Windows.
    I must say I'm concerned about the lasting "first impressions" impact there will be when Steam for Linux is released... hmm, let me explain what I mean.

    There's quite a few people at my work who have now switched to Linux, including one who was pretty much a hard-core brainwashed Windows user just a few years back. I've noticed that due to my using different Linux variants for a while now that I've just become used to all the little niggling issues that need to be worked around, and I first buy hardware that I know will perform well in Linux. People new to the OS don't know straight up that hardware X or driver Y might not work well for gaming. I have had numerous questions from newcomers and many disappointed looks when they come across problem after problem such as graphics driver woes, dependency problems, even simple things like ALT+TAB not working while gaming (lots of UT2004 players at my office)...

    I'm worried that Steam for Linux might convince a number of people to try out Linux, but when they do try it they'll have problem X (e.g. no direct rendering from their discrete card due to lack of support for an Optimus setup) which will leave a bad taste in their mouth when they don't know how to solve it or work around it.

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    IME it has nothing to do with hardware X or driver Y.

    What used to simply "just work" in Ubuntu 10.10 / 11.04 does not, at all, work anymore. It just doesn't work. I don't know how else to explain it. It's like the Apple philosophy reversed. Despite the 400 million trillion patches sent out for unity / compiz, the OS just plain simply does not work, especially for gaming.

    Just the other day I had to dip into XBMC to check something out and that's when I realized that the program is absolutely, 100% completely unusable in Ubuntu 12.04 (w/ -proposed repository for the latest unity updates). Literally so choppy as to be unusable -- on a Core i7 w/ a GeForce 570. This program used to be 100% smooth and flawless on 11.04.

    So between the ridiculous tearing, awful performance, desktop that doesn't work and the fact that game selections will be limited, I see no reason to move my gaming experience to something far far inferior.

    In the 10.10 days I could play Doom3 without any problems, but that's not the case anymore.

    Or maybe it's just time to dump Ubuntu. I thought it was supposed to be the "Linux for human beings".

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