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Old 07-04-2010, 07:02 AM   #1
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Are nVidia drivers in Ubuntu's repositories? I mean - where does Ubuntu download 'em from? Directly from it's own repos?
 
Old 07-04-2010, 07:13 AM   #2
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You mean the closed source "nvidia" drivers? Or do you mean some of the open source drivers that might be used for an nVidia display (nouveau, nv, vesa or fbdev)?

I'm sure the open source drivers in Ubuntu were compiled for Ubuntu and the binaries are in Ubuntu's repositories.

I'm not sure about the binaries for the various closed source "nvidia" drivers for Ubuntu.

In Ubuntu 10.04, I've seen mostly cases (various nVidia hardware) where the open source driver "nouveau" works best. Things are very different from older versions of Linux where the closed source "nvidia" driver was almost always the best choice.
 
Old 07-04-2010, 08:41 AM   #3
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You mean the closed source "nvidia" drivers?
Yes.
 
Old 07-04-2010, 08:48 AM   #4
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Take a look at this: http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p...l/11screen.png .
Proprietary. Was installed automatically after I admitted it to be installed. And I don't know where it was downloaded from.
 
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I think you'll find that there is a section in the Ubuntu repos called "non-free" (or something like that). Look in the package manager configuration to see which repos are enabled.

(I like the feature in Ubuntu where it offers to install proprietary drivers for you.---I was pleasantly surprised when it volunteered to go find the proprietary plugin for my latest HP printer.)

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Old 07-04-2010, 10:12 AM   #6
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This non-free address should be in "sources.list" also, right?
 
Old 07-04-2010, 12:19 PM   #7
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This non-free address should be in "sources.list" also, right?
I don't know how Ubuntu is set up in this regard---in Arch the repos are all generic URLs. The different types of SW are then simply in sub-directories.

Look at some Ubuntu repos to see how they are organized.
 
Old 07-05-2010, 02:59 PM   #8
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Mr. Alex,

The nVidia proprietary drivers are in the Ubuntu repositories. If you call up the symaptic package manager and search for "nvidia" you should find nvidia-current with the Ubuntu icon to the left of the entry. On my system the Installed Version is shown as 195.36.24-0ubuntu1~10.04.

To further confirm this I marked the package for re-installation and then did File; Generate download script. The contents of the script is
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#!/bin/sh
wget -c http: //us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/restricted/n/nvidia-graphics-drivers/nvidia-current_195.36.24-0ubuntu1~10.04_i386.deb
so to me that proves that the driver is stored in the Ubuntu repositories.

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Old 07-06-2010, 10:50 AM   #9
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Thanks, Ken.
So if I perform
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apt-get update && apt-get upgrade
and new version of drivers is available, APT will upgrade nVidia drivers to newer version on my PC?
 
Old 07-06-2010, 11:04 AM   #10
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Yes Mr. Alex, I believe that should do it. However, I generally use the gui "Update Manager" so I can see in advance what is about to be updated.

Are you having problems with the nVidia driver on your machine?

Ken
 
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No problems. I just wanna use console instead of GUI apps to do different installes and updates. So I'm trying to learn how different things work. Thanks for help.
 
  


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