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09 January 2009, 16:09

New Nvidia driver for Linux

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Nvidia has released Version 180.22 of its proprietary driver for x32 and x64 Linux, FreeBSD and Solaris. New features include support for CUDA 2.1 (Compute Unified Device Architecture) which is an interface that allows compute intensive tasks to be outsourced to the GPU, and an implementation of OpenGL 3.0 3D graphics standard which was released last summer.

Initial support has been added for PureVideo like features using VDPAU (Video Decode and Presentation API for Unix) which was announced in November. VDPAU is an API for GPU assisted playback of MPEG-1, MPEG-2, H.264 and VC-1 encoded movies. The driver has also added support for thirteen Nvidia graphics cards and chipsets. In addition, the driver fixes a number of bugs, such as the placing of X pixmaps on GeForce 8 based cards, parsing of monitor sync ranges and window decoration corruption. Compatibility with recent Linux kernels is improved.


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