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Downloader and installer for the nVidia driver package (361.18)(beta) - does not work


WARNING: This driver is not compatible with openSuSE


Installing these packages can take a long time. These packages will automatically download the NVIDIA driver (+-70MB) from
http://download.nvidia.com/XFree86/Linux-x86_64 or http://download.nvidia.com/XFree86/Linux-x86 and save it in /usr/src.
The driver and libraries will be installed after the download.

The installer will install the nVidia files the Bumblebee way. The libraries will NOT interfere with any other libraries of a distribution and will be installed in a seperate nvidia directory. Usage will be controlled by editing the ld.so.conf(.d) and/or using the "ModulePath" var in xorg.conf.

You can also download the NVIDIA package yourself and copy it to the /usr/src directory. The installer will then skip the download part and just install the driver and libraries the Bumblebee way.

These rpms can be used by normal and Optimus enabled nVidia systems.

Tips and tricks

You can use the /usr/lib/nvidia/switch-libGL.sh or /usr/lib64/nvidia/switch-libGL.sh to force the use of the nVidia libGL* libraries.
This is only necessary if an application is compiled with hard linked library paths ( the rpath option was used ).
A better solution is to start the offending application with:

LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/usr/lib/nvidia:/usr/lib/nvidia/vdpau <application_name> [ <arguments> ]

LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/usr/lib64/nvidia:/usr/lib64/nvidia/vdpau <application_name> [ <arguments> ]

and force the application to use the nVidia libs.

Release info

- Update to 361.18

 * The OpenGL Vendor-Neutral Driver (GLVND) infrastructure is
   now included and supported by the NVIDIA GLX and OpenGL drivers.
   This should not cause any visible changes in behavior for
   end users, but some internal driver component libraries have
   been renamed and/or moved as a result. These changes may affect
   scripts that rely on the presence of NVIDIA OpenGL driver
   components other than those specified in the Linux OpenGL ABI
   version 1.0, maintainers of alternative NVIDIA driver
   installation packages, and applications which rely on the
   presence of any non- OpenGL/GLX symbols in the libGL.so.1
   library and its dependencies in any way.

    Please see:

    For more information on the GLVND project.

    The Linux OpenGL ABI version 1.0 specification is available at:

 * Updated nvidia-installer to run ldconfig(8) and depmod(8) after
   uninstalling an existing driver, instead of only running these
   two commands when installing a new driver.
 * Removed the VDPAU wrapper and trace libraries libvdpau.so.1 and
   libvdpau_trace.so.1 from the driver package.  These libraries may
   be available via your distribution's package management system,
   or can be compiled from the sources available at:


    Please see

    http://freedesktop.org/wiki/Software/VDPAU/ for more information.

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