Ubuntu 19.04 Out-of-the Box Nvidia GPU Driver Situation Gets Better Than Ever!

Ubuntu’s latest update, 19.04 is only a few days away, and it’s looking like the forthcoming Ubuntu Linux Gaming Report might get a slightly higher score than expected. That’s because the “out-of-box” graphics driver situation for Nvidia GPU owners is getting a very welcome update.

On the Ubuntu MATE blog, Martin Wimpress outlines what has changed between the 18.10 release last year and this week’s release 19.04. He further calls Ubuntu MATE 19.04 a “modest upgrade.” And there are indeed some notable new features such as :-

  • NVIDIA Drivers
  • MATE Dock Applet
  • Remote Desktop Awareness
  • GPD Pocket
  • Accompanying MATE Desktop 1.20.4 and Linux 5.0.0 are updated versions of Firefox, VLC, LibreOffice and Thunderbird.

Nvidia graphics card owners, particularly those who enjoy gaming and may be new to the Linux desktop world, will surely discover a new feature and we’re pretty thrilled to see it.

During the Ubuntu MATE 19.04 installation, (and other flavors in the Ubuntu 19.04 family*), users can always select the option to install 3rd party software. Those softwares now includes Nvidia’s proprietary graphics driver “suitable for your generation of Nvidia GPU” For example, if you have an Nvidia Geforce RTX 2080 Ti, you’ll get version 418. Laptop users with an older Geforce GTX 960M would receive version 390.

Wimpress explains the variance in the driver versions via Twitter:

Choosing that 3rd party button means that the proprietary driver gets downloaded, though, you’ll need an internet connection to accomplish that, and then it’ll installed during the post-install process. “To confirm this, open a terminal and run nvidia-smi,” Wimpress writes. “Ubuntu MATE users with laptops that support hybrid graphics will see the MATE Optimus hybrid graphics applet displaying the NVIDIA logo.”

The tech community is getting bigger day by day, so such updates are mandatory and pretty useful. Previous Linux versions have had many problems to play games, so windows has always been a go-to choice of people. But that seems to be changing now, with every new update everything gets better, we hope it gets better! We might also see a transition of people from Windows to Linux as Linux is making serious progress for playing games.

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