Chris Lamb

Nouveau nVidia drivers now available in Debian experimental

You can now try the "Nouveau" free software nVidia video drivers from Debian experimental.

If you would like to try them:

Editing your xorg.conf may be as simple as the replacing nvidia or nv with nouveau; nouveau won't be chosen automatically over nv yet. If your xorg.conf has collected a lot of cruft over the years, see this wiki page for some pointers on what you can remove.

For the status of the drivers with your particular card, please see upstream's compatibility matrix. My experience has been positive; I have been using them for about two months on my dual-head 8600GT (NV50) setup with only a few small issues and a generally superior Gnometris experience.

Some notes:

Many thanks to:


Chris Lamb is a freelance software developer and the current Debian Project Leader. You can read other posts by me, see software I have written or read more about me. You can also follow me @lolamby.


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Wednesday 16th July 2008


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