From CRT to LCD

Alan McKinnon alan at
Thu Sep 14 13:42:03 UTC 2006

On Thursday 14 September 2006 15:00, Richard Brown wrote:
> Hi Alan
> On Thursday 14 September 2006 13:40, Alan McKinnon wrote:
> > You don't need to download a driver - this ain't windows
> > and all drivers come with the kernel anyway. For regular
> > 2D-only usage, select the nVidia driver. If you want
> > hardware-accelerated 3D you need to use the closed-source
> > nVidia drivers. There is a repository where these are kept,
> > you need to enable it and install the relevant package. Go
> > to the Ubuntu wiki and search for "closed source nVidia",
> > you will find complete instructions
> Thanks that is brilliant. Is there any reason for using 3d
> hardware-accelerated even if I don't use it please?

games, video playing, video rendering CAD design and other 
graphics intensive operations all benefit from 3D acceleration. 
If you use these kind of applications, then try the closed 
source drivers and see if the benefit is worth it.

Regular apps - mail, web, etc - don't use intensive graphics and 
do not benefit in any way from 3D acceleration.

The downside to using these drivers is that they are closed 
source which goes against the philosophy of Free Software. All 
this is discussed at length on the wiki articles - go there and 
read them to get the full picture.


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