It seems NVIDIA are no longer reserving the two extra digits in their Linux driver versioning for their special Betas, as a new stable driver is out today as 455.45.01.
Quite a small driver that's just a few bug fixes but nice to see NVIDIA do updates both big and small. Here's what they say has changed in this version:
- Kernel 5.9 support
- Fixed a bug in a Vulkan blending optimization that could produce incorrect results. Some of the Vulkan titles affected by this bug were:
- Life is Strange 2
- Shadow of the Tomb Raider
- Fixed an issue that caused Vulkan swapchain creation to fail for full-screen windows when a G-SYNC monitor is connected.
This is part of their "Short Lived" branch, and should be safe for everyone to upgrade to if you're sticking to that. They also have their "Long Lived" branch currently on version 450.80.02 that was released back in September.
Since the difference isn't obvious, here's our usual reminder on what the changes are between their stable driver branches on Linux as explained by NVIDIA:
Any given release branch is either long-lived or short-lived. The difference is in how long the branch is maintained and how many releases are made from each branch. A short-lived branch typically has only one or two (non-beta) releases, while long-lived branches will have several.
When we make changes to the driver, we evaluate the oldest branch the change needs to go into. New features go into whatever the latest branch is, while bug fixes go into the older branches and are integrated through the newer branches. So using a short-lived branch doesn’t mean that you miss out on fixes, it just means that you also get the latest features.