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Nvidia Announces Much Improved Linux Gaming Drivers

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Nvidia just released a new version of its GeForce Linux drivers.

The company promises "double the performance and dramatically reduce[d] game loading times."

According to the company, the R310 driver was developed in collaboration with game developers over the course of "almost a year" and "showcase the enormous potential of the world's biggest open-source operating system." Nvidia said that the driver was "thoroughly" tested with Valve's Steam for Linux.

The press release published to support the release of the driver has plenty of calming words for the Linux community, which has grown increasingly unhappy with Nvidia's tight grip on its Linux drivers. It is unlikely that Linux enthusiasts will change their mind simply because of the release of an improved driver, but those who use Linux for gaming would be  silly not to take advantage of the driver.

However, Valve's quote - "Nvidia took an unquestioned leadership position developing R310 drivers with us and other studios to provide an absolutely unequalled solution for Linux gamers", attributed to the company's vice president of marketing, Doug Lombardi, may not sit so well with the Linux community, which would prefer Nvidia to be in a position to make its code accessible and give the community that "leadership" position.


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    felipetga , November 8, 2012 7:53 PM
    I guess that finger from Linus Torvalds had some effect....
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    j2j663 , November 8, 2012 9:33 PM
    cybrcatterNo one of importance gives a rat's @$$ about the musings of that delusional, conceited hack. Something tells me a fat man with an aversion to triplets got the ball rolling on this one...


    Yes some delusional, conceited hack whose software runs the backbone of almost all IT services around the world. Most brilliant people have their quirks.
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    dark_wizzie , November 8, 2012 8:08 PM
    Totally, man. :p 
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  • 29 Hide
    felipetga , November 8, 2012 7:53 PM
    I guess that finger from Linus Torvalds had some effect....
  • 12 Hide
    dark_wizzie , November 8, 2012 8:08 PM
    Totally, man. :p 
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    Prescott_666 , November 8, 2012 8:44 PM
    So you think Windows 8 is a better platform? Linux is better for games, because it can be set up for gaming, and Windows cannot be. Plus Microsoft is planning to rake off a 30% commission on each game, and who do you think will pay for that gamer?
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    volvavite , November 8, 2012 9:00 PM
    felipetgaI guess that finger from Linus Torvalds had some effect....


    Not quite, unfortunately. I say this, because he was ranting over Optimus support. Nvidia can implement it more or less easily if they had the same driver development philosophy of Intel: the Linux kernel is GPL, so proper driver implementation has to be GPL to fully interact with the kernel. However, Nvidia still likes to push their binary blobs through, which is a very inefficient driver solution.
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    jardows , November 8, 2012 9:03 PM
    Not seeing it on NVIDIA's website yet, will be nice to try it out!
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    gerchokas , November 8, 2012 9:25 PM
    Wow! Linux is coming in hot!! I was getting tired of playing Quake4 and Penumbra already
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    warmon6 , November 8, 2012 9:31 PM
    Prescott_666So you think Windows 8 is a better platform? Linux is better for games, because it can be set up for gaming, and Windows cannot be. Plus Microsoft is planning to rake off a 30% commission on each game, and who do you think will pay for that gamer?


    That depends on what your wanting to play and if its been optimized for that/those platform(s). No matter how much better a platform can be setup for, it can only go as far as what the game can play on.

    Believe me, years ago when i tried playing games (Disk based at the time) with linux, what I experience was sub-par on a linux set-up over a windows setup on the same machine. Mainly graphic issues and weird/random glitches. (think it was like 4-6 years ago and one of the games that i can remember was Morrowind).

    Now things have probably improved since those times but just stating, just because 1 platform should be better than another, doesn't mean a certain game that I may want to buy will work well with that platform.
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    j2j663 , November 8, 2012 9:33 PM
    cybrcatterNo one of importance gives a rat's @$$ about the musings of that delusional, conceited hack. Something tells me a fat man with an aversion to triplets got the ball rolling on this one...


    Yes some delusional, conceited hack whose software runs the backbone of almost all IT services around the world. Most brilliant people have their quirks.
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    walter87 , November 8, 2012 9:59 PM
    Prescott_666So you think Windows 8 is a better platform? Linux is better for games, because it can be set up for gaming, and Windows cannot be. Plus Microsoft is planning to rake off a 30% commission on each game, and who do you think will pay for that gamer?


    I don't see Microsoft getting as much support from big game developers the same way Steam has.

    Microsoft has put a lot of strain on console developers for how they can upgrade their products (any game update through xbox needs to be re-certified which takes time and adds cost for the developer).
    They will likely do the same with the Windows store.

    The Windows Store will be directly competing with Steam, while also adding indie games and casual games like Cut the Rope etc.

    Steam has a similar royalty fee where they take 25-30% from all digital purchases too, but because there is no manufacturing costs, Developers make better profit margins and steam can afford those yearly xmas and summer sales of massive discounted games (including recently released AAA titles).

    My system isn't just for gaming either, its a high-end media and workstation. So overall I think windows is still the better platform for gaming (in my opinion).

    Personally, I'm not a fan of Linux. But it never hurts to have more options when it come to choosing which platform to use :D 
    (I can see Microsoft becoming too similar to Apple by closing their system or restrictive even further...which may change my opinion down the road. Time will tell)
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    nss000 , November 8, 2012 11:17 PM
    So po' po' lil' Johny bytefyuck can't be a leader ... his FOSS-code is six-times slower than that of the graphics proz. Fine with me; my card runs faster on Ubuntu and since it's an NV card I've **paid** for it. Linux developers have recently proven to have attitudes worth bytchslapping around the motherboard. Fine with me.
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    notty22 , November 9, 2012 12:03 AM
    On the same day.
    Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD) closes down Linux research centre in Germany

    http://themarketsareopen.blogspot.com/2012/11/amd-advanced-micro-devices-inc-nyseamd.html
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    myromance123 , November 9, 2012 12:45 AM
    This is very good news, especially since I'm an Ubuntu user!
    Now I just need to get my hands on an Nvidia card, just wish their prices locally were equivalent to AMD's offerings.
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    Thunderfox , November 9, 2012 2:28 AM
    I wonder how many Linux douchbags will refuse to use it just because it is not open source.
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    Anonymous , November 9, 2012 7:20 AM
    Anybody who says Linux is a better platform than Windows for gaming is dreaming. I'm saying this not as a Windows fanboy but as a Linux user who has been using it (both desktop and servers) since the early 2000s.

    I'm not saying Linux will never be good for games. What I mean is that right now, if you compare which OS is very dominant and very good when it comes to computer games (take console out of this), MS Windows is the very clear leader. There is no doubt about that. Even if you list down from Windows 95 up to Windows 8, they're still ahead no matter how you spin it.

    But dreaming is good. Dreams can come true. And in this case, with Valve's move to include Linux in its gaming platform, this can possibly open up a lot of opportunities for Ubuntu, and Linux in general, and many may follow the example of Valve should they succeed on this endeavor of making Linux as good as Windows when it comes to playing games.
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    cats_Paw , November 9, 2012 11:56 AM
    I an quite happy about this. If this means nvidia is shelling out more cash to make their products better, its great for everyone (consumers i mean).

    10 points for nvidia.
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    john_4 , November 9, 2012 12:43 PM
    Totally awesome, I need to get Ubuntu on my gaming rig and get ready.
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    john_4 , November 9, 2012 12:45 PM
    ThunderfoxI wonder how many Linux douchbags will refuse to use it just because it is not open source.

    Aren't you suppose to be in your mom's basement playing on your Xbox.
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    _Cosmin_ , November 9, 2012 2:09 PM
    nebunlike it or not, games and linux don't mix


    You are such an ignorant... PS3 OS and IOS and Android are derived from linux... and games works flawlessly on them !
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