NVIDIA brings Vista-esque graphics to Linux

Written by Wil Harris

November 8, 2006 // 11:31 a.m.

Tags: #driver #linux #nvidia #ubuntu #vista

NVIDIA has officially released a Linux driver that supports a compatible version of the AIGLX instruction set.

The new driver, which was released yesterday and comes in at 12MB, adds a whole host of other features for users of the open source OS, including GLX_EXT_texture_from_pixmap, a better display control panel and even support for Quad SLI.

The introduction of AIGLX-compatible instructions means that Linux users now have what is essentially a turnkey solution for Vista-level graphics. The latest build of Ubuntu, a consumer-oriented Linux distro, introduces desktop rendering with 3D hardware by combining the with Beryl window manager, in the same way that Vista does through the Aero glass interface.

Getting this desktop acceleration to work previous required some hackery, but now NVIDIA is providing the functionality for GeForce users in a far easier way.

This means that Linux joins Apple OSX on the list of operating systems supporting 3D hardware acceleration before Vista, which will finally join the fray on November 30 for business users and January 30 for consumers.

The increased stability and featureset will also be a bonus to those Linux users who have previously bemoaned NVIDIA's approach to the platform.

You can pick up the drivers here - if you do so, be sure to let us know how you get on with them over in the News Discussion forum.

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