Nvidia Display Driver 302.17 Released! How to Install it on Ubuntu-Based Distros

NVIDIA Linux engineers released the 302.17 stable Linux Display driver on june 15,2012. On this new release Nvidia Display Driver for linux bring many new features, improvements and bug fixes, some of the new added features we find a new option, –restore-original-backup, to nvidia-xconfig. nvidia-xconfig creates a backup of the original X configuration file when modifying an X configuration file that does not appear to have been previously modified by nvidia-xconfig

This is the first stable/certified Linux Display driver in the 302.xx series and thus the first that brings the long-awaited RandR 1.2/1.3 support. With the RandR 1.2/1.3 support is also some Xinerama and other display-related changes, improved rendering for RENDER bitmap text, new FSAA (Full-Scene Anti-Aliasing) modes, sync-to-vblank by default, conformant texture clamping by default in OpenGL, etc. More detail about this release here

Install Nvidia Display Driver 302.17 on Ubuntu-Based Distro and Other Linux Distro

To install Nvidia Display Driver 302.17 on Ubuntu based distro (ubuntu 12.04/11.10/11.04,Linux Mint,ElementaryOS. etc) you can add the ppa:ubuntu-x-swat/x-updates with following commands:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ubuntu-x-swat/x-updates
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install nvidia-current nvidia-settings

Restart your Ubuntu and make sure the driver is successfully installed by running these command on terminal:

glxinfo | grep OpenGL

If you are using Other Linux Distribution, Follow these instructions:
Download Nvidia Display Driver 302.17 from NVIDIA’s official site [Download]

Open terminal then Install Nvidia Display Driver 302.17 with following command:

sudo sh ./NVIDIA-Linux-x86-302.17.run

Then Follow the instructions of the installation wizard to complete the installation

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