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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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Beamboom Jul 9, 2020
... So now the stable version jumps from 440.100 to 450.57? The Nvidia version numbers really confuse me. What happened to the ten main version numbers in between?

Last edited by Beamboom on 9 July 2020 at 2:53 pm UTC
vipor29 Jul 9, 2020
yea that is very confusing you go from 100 down to 57.i would think the distros should be able to pick that up just fine hopefully when the updates come down.but nice to see dlss.but fortunally for me im going to a 5700xt
Eike Jul 9, 2020
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Quoting: vipor29yea that is very confusing you go from 100 down to 57.

That part is fine, it's just the 57th subversion 450 vs. the 100th. subversion of 440.
Avehicle7887 Jul 9, 2020
In case anyone's wondering about Vulkan in this release, this version comes with Vulkan spec up to 1.2.133. Whereas with the Beta driver (currently 440.66.17) Vulkan is at 1.2.145.
Projectile Vomit Jul 9, 2020
I'm still wrestling with this damn Nvidia/Intel hybrid thing. I switched, recently, to Manjaro (KDe- I love KDe. Leave me alone.) and have never seen this hybrid thing until now. I tried switching to just the Nvidia 440 drivers, and rebooting did not give me the desired results. I am the guy who simply decided to reformat (after backing up everything using a liveUSB), when I mess up the graphics. I have never been very good at recovering a system from a graphics issue. So I reformatted with Manjaro (I get better results with my music production than from other distros, which may have something to do with the hybrid video drivers, as Nvidia is known not to play nice with audio production, but I'm not entirely sure). I am back at the hybrid drivers and, for now, I'm leaving them. Music production is a bit more important to me than games, at least on this computer (my only computer, at this time). I hope a switch that doesn't have me altering files and jumping through hoops comes along soon.
Science Jul 9, 2020
Would DLSS work with wine+vkd3d?
jens Jul 9, 2020
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The changes needed for RDR2 are not in this release

I hope it wont take another major version until that happens. Fortunately my backlog of games is still filled :)
dude Jul 9, 2020
nvidia better ramp up their shit or (after forever) my next card in december will be AMD.
Shmerl Jul 9, 2020
DLSS is a pretty nasty lock-in.
gustavoyaraujo Jul 9, 2020
I'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.
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