Linux News Today: Nvidia Linux Beta Driver Breaks Civilization V and KOTOR2, Causes Crashes
Nvidia recently launched a new Beta driver, 361.18 , for the Linux platform, and it only brought support for a couple of new GPUs. It turns out that it also had a fix regression that affected KDE, and that’s it’s actually crashing people’s PC with at least a couple of games.
New Nvidia drivers are not usually problematic, and they usually fix a lot of problems. A new Beta edition was recently launched, and it seemed pretty innocuous. With support for GeForce 940MX and Quadro M500M, it’s difficult to believe otherwise. It’s worth pointing out that the drivers also had a regression fix that applies to KDE users, but that wasn’t mentioned.
The problem is that this particular version, the Nvidia 361.18 Linux Beta driver was made available in the newly set up “Proprietary GPU Drivers” repository for Ubuntu users. This is more or less an official repository, which means that quite a few people are probably going to upgrade. From what the community is talking, the 316.x branch of the driver is actually bad for gaming, if you want to play Civilization V or Knights of the Old Republic II – The Sith Lords.
They’re not called Beta for nothing
If we take a look at this official PPA for Ubuntu, we’ll see that these drivers are not marked as Beta in any way, and, in this case, is really important.
They also say that the recommended version is nvidia-352 and that “KDE crashing from 361.16 is fixed in 361.18.” The community says otherwise. Not only that KDE crashing hasn’t been fixed, but users experience crashes with a couple of important games, Civilization V, and KOTOR2. There is a Reddit topic where users acknowledge this is happening, and, at least, one topic on Nvidia’s forum.
The best idea is to stay away from the 316.x branch and to stick to the long-lived branch, 352.x.