Linux News Today: Nvidia 364.19 Short-Lived Linux Driver Adds Vulkan 1.0 Support, Wayland Fixes
Nvidia today, April 22, 2016, updated its short-lived Unix graphics driver to version 364.19 for all supported platforms, including GNU/Linux, FreeBSD, and Solaris operating systems.
The Short-Lived branch of the Nvidia video driver usually gets the latest improvements and fixes, but it is not recommended to stable users because it changes too often and new releases are not thoroughly tested. Nvidia 364.19 is now the latest short-lived graphics driver, and it looks like it brings many interesting changes.
First, it adds support for the Nvidia Quadro M6000 24GB and Quadro M5500 graphics cards. Then, we can see a new kernel module, namely nvidia-drm.ko, which has been engineered to register itself as a DRM driver with both DRM KMS and PRIME support, as well as initial Direct Rendering Manager Kernel Modesetting (DRM KMS) support.
Wayland improvements, bug fixes
We can’t help but notice that most of the changes included in today’s Nvidia 364.19 graphics driver for GNU/Linux, FreeBSD, and Solaris operating system come from the Nvidia 364.12 Beta released on March 21, 2016, such as many improvements to Wayland and Mir display servers support, and initial Vulkan API 1.0 support.
The Nvidia 364.19 short-lived graphics driver also adds a new RandR property called CscMatrix, which can be used to specify a 3×4 color-space conversion matrix. As usual, numerous issues have been resolved, which you can see if you click the changelog attached at the end of the article.
In the meantime, you can download the Nvidia 364.19 video driver for 64-bit and 32-bit GNU/Linux systems, as well as FreeBSD, and Solaris platforms right now via our website, or if you prefer, directly from Nvidia’s. If you want stability and don’t use Wayland, we recommend using the latest long-lived driver, Nvidia 361.42.