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NVIDIA have released the big new Linux Beta driver 440.26 today

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Today NVIDIA released the 440.26 Beta driver for Linux with a number of new features, enhancements and a few interesting bug fixes.

New Feature Highlight:

  • VP9 decode support to the NVIDIA VDPAU driver.
  • Added EGL support for PRIME render offload.
  • Parallel GLSL shader linking is enabled by default, so it allows using GL_ARB_parallel_shader_compile without first calling "glMaxShaderCompilerThreadsARB()".
  • Support for HDMI 2.1 variable refresh rate (VRR) G-SYNC Compatible monitors on supported GPUs.
  • Support for the GLX_NV_multigpu_context and GL_NV_gpu_multicast extensions.
  • The Nvidia Settings application will now tell you if there's unsaved config changes when quitting.
  • Enabled HardDPMS by default.

Bug Fix Highlight:

  • They also continue improving DXVK support with corruption issues solved in Saints Row IV and Saints Row: The Third.
  • Another important fix is falling back to system memory "when video memory is full for some driver-internal allocations". Something that was causing issues with a few DXVK/Steam Play titles, which they were testing out in the recent 435.19.03 Vulkan Beta Driver so it's good to see that come to their mainline driver.
  • They also fixed a regression from the 435.19.02 Vulkan Beta Driver, that caused some apps to get a segmentation fault with the VK_KHR_DISPLAY extension.
  • A bug that prevented Vulkan working on systems with SLI enabled was solved, although they can only use a single GPU.

There's more to it, I'm just cherry-picking things that sounded fun. Good to see NVIDIA keep up with quick driver releases.

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barotto 20 Oct, 2019
Quoting: PangaeaHopefully they solve these issues very soon.
I'm sure they'll eventually fix the more severe bugs, but if I were you I would just wait.

Using hardware with open source drivers can be refreshing, but not at the expense of stability.
barotto 20 Oct, 2019
Quoting: Shmerl
Quoting: barottoBut also this: (which is quite annoying because the fans are constantly spinning up and down)
I don't see such issue.
Now I'm testing with Linux 5.4-rc3 + Mesa 19.3 and I'm getting 9W power draw at idle with a dual 1200p@60Hz setup so, at least for multi-monitor non-4K 60Hz, this issue seems resolved! (but now I have to resolve incompatibility between virtualbox and Linux 5.4 dammit)
janeman 19 Aug, 2020
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