Originally Posted by PP Mguire
Have you tried their latest drivers for Linux, official from Nvidia? Any particular reason why you want the 3rd party driver?
No you misread me.
In linux things are not as static as they are in windows, it doesnt work how windows does in terms of how it handles things.
Part of what makes linux so good is its easy to modify its source code, build upon and improve so linux is very adaptable.
However proprietary drivers dont have such luxuries, you are at the mercy of developers for that driver maker and if it doesnt match your kernel then incompatibility will often occur.
Linux has the ability to adapt but it must have co operation from those who make hardware.
Its why the relationship between linux and intel in the last few years very good, intel has done a great job at keeping open GPU drivers ready for older cards.
So when the kernel is changed it can be ready.
Just behind intel is AMD, they have stepped up in supporting more legacy cards in the open drivers.
They lack sourly behind, and if your card is no longer supported by the kernel or the drivers that is where open drivers are needed.
In windows you can see this sort of thing if you say jump a graphics card made for XP and try it in windows 7, thats because kernel development in windows is much slower than that of linux.
OSX also can have this issue if you try to upgrade certain machines to the newest version of that..
Linux doesnt have as many financial resources as Microsoft does,we are talking a billion dollar company vs a smaller base of developers.
The only thing truly bad in linux is hardware support, gaming we have ways to game using stuff like WINE but otherwise we are at the mercy of hardware developers.
The only good sign we have from NVIDIA is its entry into android and the rise of Steam machines, but otherwise their contribution to balanced drivers is abysmal.
Really when broadcom a company known for its rather fidgety compatibility with linux does better with open drivers you know you got issues.