Phoronix: Kepler: Nouveau Is ~20% The Speed Of NVIDIA's Blob
With the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Linux review out of the way, I carried out some benchmarks comparing the performance of the open-source "Nouveau" driver to NVIDIA's official closed-source Linux graphics driver on this Kepler-based GK107 GPU.
I had just got Ubuntu (first timer to Ubuntu so be very descriptive). I think there a problem with my Nvida update it won't let me update it. This is the name of the update in update manager NVIDIA binary xorg driver, kernel module and VDPAU library.
You cannot run kmod-nvidia with a non-CentOS kernel. You will need to download the proprietary binary drivers from nVidia and install those and then reinstall them every time you update your kernel. [by TrevorH]
To those that missed it in our Phoronix Forums where it was discovered, NVIDIA two days ago uploaded a new binary Linux (x86/x86_64) driver to their FTP server. This NVIDIA graphics driver is marked as the 260.19.26 beta, but they have yet to officially announce this new release or even provide a change-log.
After playing around on my F17 test installation with new kernels and nVidia drivers, I have discovered that installing a binary nVidia driver from nVidia works with a new-ish kernel (one without akmod or kmod support), and everything runs fine. The nVidia installation goes smoothly, and there are no issues.
I've just have had nasty surprise of graphics not working after latest update (bringing it up to kernel version 3.2.0-52-generic). Apparently after the update it was expecting nvidia-319 driver, while it seems to me that on 12.04 nvidia-current points to nvidia-304. Thus I had to manually install nvidia-319 and uninstall nvidia-304.