NVidia announces the new NVidia GeForce R310 drivers, which, the company says, will dramatically improve performance and reduce game loading times for gamers using Linux.
The new GeForce R310 drivers, which were jointly developed by NVidia, Valve, and others, are "designed to give GeForce customers the best possible Linux-based PC gaming experience – and showcase the enormous potential of the world's biggest open-source operating system," the press release said.
"With this release, NVIDIA has managed to increase the overall gaming performance under Linux," said Doug Lombardi, vice president of marketing at Valve. "NVIDIA took an unquestioned leadership position developing R310 drivers with us and other studios to provide an absolutely unequalled solution for Linux gamers."
The R310 drivers support the newest energy-efficient GeForce GTX 600 series GPUs, and the announcement encourages gamers with previous generation GeForce GPUs, including the 8800 GT and above, to download these new drivers as well. The new drivers, which were thoroughly tested with Steam for Linux, are available for download at http://www.geforce.com, and the Steam for Linux client is now available for limited beta access. See http://store.steampowered.com/news/?feed=steam_press for more information on Steam for Linux.
After a few beta versions and months of news blackout, Nvidia has now released a robust version of its proprietary graphics card driver for Linux. Driver version 177.80 is to include 25 enhancements, among them the highly awaited support for GeForce GTX series cards.