Ubuntu 13.04 is here and is being hailed as the best Ubuntu yet.
Being an advocate I wish I could agree, however this release is the first one in years that hasn’t “just worked” for me.
If that isn’t disappointing enough, the reason it doesn’t work are, in my opinion downright unforgiveable – The Nvidia driver has been replaced with the open-source equivalent effort, namely Nouveau. I think I spelled that right. If not Google will conveniently correct me anyway when I go searching for ways to fix my new screen resolution of 640×480 pixels.
Forcing this upon people when the performance comparison are as follows (see below) is just plain stooopid. Especially as you’ve already spent money on the nvidia card in the first place – why get all “open source” about driving it when nvidia provides the drivers for free? Duhhhh. It doesn’t help push the use of Steam either (the PC gaming platform for Linux) when the resultant performance is half what it could be. Whilst I admire the open source communitys desire to do-it-yourself, the rest of the world ain’t that bovvered.
A pet hate of mine is when people make a fantastic effort to post a solution to a problem using the GUI instead of the command line. So if you use the most unpopular Ubuntu desktop of all time (Unity) then you’re in luck, but if you use one of the other desktops, then you’re out of luck.
Hopefully those of you using Ubuntu Studio like you should, will find this and correct your nvidia issues by installing the proprietary drivers using the command prompt.
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:xorg-edgers/ppa -y; sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get upgrade -y; sudo apt-get install nvidia-316 nvidia-settings-316 -y