Nvidia has been busy lately, especially when it comes to releasing its graphic drivers. You would think that with all the new GPUs Nvidia has launched, the release of its display drivers would correspond to these new products. Surprisingly, Nvidia hasn’t neglected older graphic drivers; it has recently released version 340.96 driver for Linux.
The 340.96 display driver gives support for older Nvidia hardware so that they can be used on modern operating systems. The new driver is aimed primarily (but not limited to) the already dated GeForce 8 and 9 series. According to Nvidia, the new display driver contains updates like fixing bugs that cause texture corruption in some OpenGL applications. In addition to that, Nvidia also added support for X.Org xserver ABI 20 (xorg-server 1.18).
Interestingly, Nvidia even released legacy drivers for much older Nvidia GPUs. The 304.131 driver has support for the GeForce 6 and 7 series. The changes to the driver are almost identical to the 340.96 version. However, keep in mind that the new drivers has to be installed manually; installation procedure may also vary from one distro – modified versions of Linux – to another. Further information about the new 340.96 and 304.131 drivers can be found on Nvidia’s website.