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NVIDIA 173.08 Linux Display Driver Released

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Last week it was exclusively reported by Phoronix that a new NVIDIA binary Linux display driver should be out in the next week, and sure enough we were right, again. The NVIDIA 173.08 Linux driver was released last night and features support for several new NVIDIA GPUs, including the GeForce 9800 series, experimental support for X Server 1.5, and a number of fixes with Linux 2.6.25 kernel compatibility.

The new NVIDIA products supported by this 173.08 binary driver update include the GeForce 8400, 8400GS, 9500M GS, 9600GT, 9800GTX, and 9800GX2. The GeForce 9600GT has actually been supported since the previous release when we had reviewed the GeForce 9600GT 512MB on Linux. The big product support additions are just for the mobile GeForce 9 GPUs and the GeForce 9800 series. On the workstation side, the Quadro FX 3600M and Quadro FX 4600/5600 SDI and Quadro G-Sync II are now supported by this Linux driver.

This x86/x86_64 driver release now allows OpenGL rendering to extend beyond 4096 pixels wide for GeForce 8/9 graphics cards, which was an earlier limitation of this driver. OpenGL rendering should also now be fixed of corruption issues when using textured compressed with the DXT5 algorithm.

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