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NVIDIA today just released a big new stable driver for Linux with 450.57. It pulls in a whole bunch of big features from the recent 450.51 Beta.

Compared with the Beta, it looks like it's mostly the same plus a few extra fixes. However, it's worth a reminder now it's stable because everyone should be able to upgrade knowing it's a supported driver version. NVIDIA 450.57 is exciting for a few reasons. One of which is the inclusion of support for NVIDIA NGX, which brings things like DLSS to their Linux drivers.

There's also now Image Sharpening support for OpenGL and Vulkan, support for Vulkan direct-to-display on DisplayPort displays which are connected via DisplayPort Multi-Stream Transport (DP-MST), various VDPAU improvements, PRIME enhancements like support for PRIME Synchronization when using displays driven by the x86-video-amdgpu driver as PRIME display offload sinks along with "Reverse PRIME" support too.

On the bug fix side, one of the big ones is that is should be a smoother Wayland experience as NVIDIA fixed a bug that could cause a KDE Plasma session to crash when running under Wayland. They also fixed a bug that prevented X11 EGL displays from being reinitialized. Another KDE issue was also solved, as after some investigation the NVIDIA team found that KDE panels freezing when compositing was disabled was a problem in their driver so that was fixed too.

See the release notes here.

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Reverse-prime still doesn't work as you'd expect. Exact same issues as here.
dude 9 Jul
Quoting: gustavoyaraujoI'm okay with my AMD 5700 XT. Nvidia gave me so many issues in the past and their cards are very expensive here in Brazil.

dude, sorry if I contradict everybody on the interweb, torvalds include. but I love Nvidia on linux so far. Nevertheless, I assume AMD is doing a better job since... 2 years?

at least I already switched to an AMD processor and I hope that I will not regret buying AMD graphics card again

PS: X1900XT was not OK, AMD

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In their own way Nvidia's Linux support is pretty good, and I've been mostly trouble free. There are however a few things which affect me and I also dislike, nominally having to re-install the driver after a kernel update (and I do those a lot), then there's the occasional issue with the driver refusing to install on latest kernels (my Nvidia system is still at kernel 5.5.19 cause of that).

Having said that, I can feel myself leaning towards an AMD GPU in the future. My secondary system is running with the RX 5500XT, it performs great and I have no issues whatsoever with it. Happily running Kernel 5.7.8 + Mesa 20.1.3.
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Funny thing is, beyond some specific distributions (like Pop_OS that just works out of the box), the most hassle free experience I've had with Linux and accelerated graphics drivers has been the Matrox Gxxx cards! Remember they used to just work fully out of the box, no binary blobs included (though I think it was a case of some features being in a firmware blob?).

Too bad they bailed out of the race to the fastest card, and just went with best display and MOAR monitors!
8 screens on a single card.... *drool*
herbert 9 Jul
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Quoting: Luke_NukemReverse-prime still doesn't work as you'd expect. Exact same issues as here.

I was so exciting with the beta release and finally got calm down really quickly after first try. I can't understand how they let it landed in long term driver when we were a few to point the issues on their forum.
YoRHa-2B 10 Jul
Quoting: ScienceWould DLSS work with wine+vkd3d?
No. DLSS is not built on top of D3D12, it's some proprietary garbage and someone would have to provide a shim library that behaves exactly like the Windows one from the game's point of view but communicates with the Linux driver instead.

Thing is, that's a bit hard to do with zero public documentation.
oldrocker99 10 Jul
I have a RTX 2600 Super, which is inferior to the 5700XT. It's still pretty good, but some time I'll probably go 100% AMD.
Luke_Nukem 10 Jul
A game I usually test with each driver version is Wreckfest, it seems to have doubled in performance with this driver version.
Patola 10 Jul
Quoting: oldrocker99I have a RTX 2600 Super, which is inferior to the 5700XT. It's still pretty good, but some time I'll probably go 100% AMD.
You mean RTX 2060 SUPER? Your PC profile still shows GTX 1660.
TheRiddick 10 Jul
RTX finally coming to Proton hopefully, maybe dream of playing CP2077 under linux with all the bells and whistles will happen. (if you have NVIDIA card).

I'm still hopeful NAVI 2x cards will have great value, we will see. If they get 16GB VRAM then it may be enough to convince me to diverge. I'm quite excited about the future of DLSS because lots of other industries are noticing the huge benefits to such technology (VR or mobile phones for example). AMD has been basically MIA when it comes to DLSS akin tech (don't you dare say CAS sharpening filter!)

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