Originally Posted by littlejoe5
Unless you've already installed Ubuntu and found that the drivers aren't there, you should just install it. Ubuntu (and most other Linux distros) nearly always installs without a hitch and sets up the proper drivers for your system. The exception would be when you have a really strange monitor, or an extra video card with a strange configuration.
Depends on what you mean by 'proper'.
Without installing the closed nVidia drivers, ubuntu will give you the open soruce nouveau drivers. Which work now, but were quite buggy not that long ago (and stil have the odd bug). Unless you install some extra packages the 3D performance is plain awful. Even with the extra packages, 3D performance is still a lot lower than with the closed soruce nVidia drivers.
If you want the closed drivers, ubuntu can be a pain. If you have a card that needs the 71.XX drivers, no distro is going to help, the closed 71.XX drivers havent worked with linux for years now. If you have a card that needs drivers 96.XX, well they have had problems with various versions of ubuntu due to ubuntu using the newest version of xorg and nVidia being slow to fix the drivers for that xorg version. 96.XX drivers are currently broken on 11.04 as far as I know. Even the 173.XX drivers have had probelms, the same situation as the 96.XX drivers but tends to get fixed faster.