Coordinating work around newer upstream Nvidia drivers for users

Michael Larabel michael.larabel at
Tue Aug 11 18:12:32 UTC 2015

Hi Jorge,

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 
for gamers.

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. - this 
is one of the "trackers" I run right now on Ubuntu systems on a 
fully-automated via Phoronix-Test-Suite +, 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 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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