Driver updating with linux

If you visit online forums for answers there's also a constant back and forth between fans of both AMD and Nvidia over which graphics card has the best price/performance ratio, has a longer useful life and which performs best in which popular game.

As Linux becomes more user-friendly and game developers add Linux support, the biggest question – outside of what physical card to buy – seems to be graphics driver performance.

First, install the drivers themselves with $ sudo apt-get install nvidia-current in a terminal.

The next step is more of a safety measure as there are cases when the Nvidia installation script doesn't run this command.

First, make sure that your system is updated and Linux headers are installed.

To make sure they are, just use the following command in the terminal:$ sudo apt-get install linux-headers-generic Installing the Nvidia drivers can be done in three easy steps.

In practice, it's usable only for 2D graphics and may not work well, or at all, with newer Nvidia graphics cards and technologies.

For 3D applications, such as games and modelling, it's usually recommended to stick to the Nvidia proprietary driver for the sake of performance and stability as well as support for Nvidia's latest graphics technologies, such as Nvidia Hair Works.

The nice thing about Nvidia's proprietary driver is that they are quite easy to install.

We will be using the Ubuntu distribution (distro) for this tutorial, but these steps can be applied to any Linux platform with only minor modifications.

In Ubuntu, the nouveau driver is the default for any new user.

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