Coordinating work around newer upstream Nvidia drivers for users
michael.larabel at phoronix.com
Tue Aug 11 18:12:32 UTC 2015
This indeed would be a good move to make it easier for Ubuntu gamers to
easily have access to the latest drivers. The newest NVIDIA drivers
bring some improvements for the higher profile Linux game ports while
having the latest AMD Catalyst Linux driver tends to always be critical
Is there any thought to also making "more official" along similar lines
any of the open-source driver PPAs? Namely like the Oibaf PPA that ships
latest Mesa and X components? Any improvements and support there would
be helpful to users of Intel and Radeon graphics now that Mesa is
achieving OpenGL 4 compliance and will soon be able to run more Steam
games with decent performance for Radeon/Intel.
If help is needed with testing, I can easily have a number of systems
within my automated test farm do automated tests of new driver packages.
http://linuxbenchmarking.com/?latest-open-source-linux-graphics - this
is one of the "trackers" I run right now on Ubuntu systems on a
fully-automated via Phoronix-Test-Suite + Phoromatic.com, daily basis of
using the latest Oibaf PPA packages + Ubuntu Mainline Kernel PPA for
tracking the performance of the latest Git kernel/Mesa code on different
Intel/Radeon hardware. It could be useful seeing if a particular driver
push into any new PPA directly benefits performance or at least seeing
if any games fail to run on a particular build.
I'd imagine that the PPA wouldn't see updates daily so Phoromatic
already supports running on a triggered-basis, a.k.a. automatically
whenever it sees there are new packages available to apt-get. Then the
results could automatically go out on a new tracker under
LinuxBenchmarking.com or wherever.
If there's enough interest and once monitoring how well the existing
PPAs (or if there's a new centralized/official PPA) are evolving I can
set it up to trial on a few modern NVIDIA systems to see if it's worthwhile.
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