70k Nvidia Driver Downloads in 6 Months
It’s been about six months since ricotz and mamarley have brought fresh Nvidia drivers to Ubuntu users. I covered some of this in my SCaLE 14x talk on Ubuntu Gaming. If you missed SCaLE then feel free to check out Liz’s summary.
In that talk I summarized some of the challenges (and victories!) to making our platform be better for gamers. One of the obvious pain points is of course, delivering fresh drivers for people, which can be difficult (especially when it comes to managing regressions). First let’s look at the version breakdown:
346.72: 57 346.96: 292 352.21: 219 352.79: 62 355.06: 3291 355.11: 11483 358.09: 16949 358.16: 22317 361.18: 4076 361.28: 10219
And then by Ubuntu release:
precise: 630 trusty: 30665 vivid: 10908 wily: 21537 xenial: 5225
Trusty wins, no surprise there. Wow, way more people on Xenial than I expected, good to see people are testing our upcoming LTS! And finally, by architecture:
amd64: 65661 armhf: 31 i386: 3273
So when you add them all up, it’s about 70,000 downloads of Nvidia drivers from the PPA in the last six months. This is great, as it means there’s certainly a demand for fresh drivers, but it’s also frightening when you consider the end-user experience of traditional packaging and all the wonderful face punching that entails. But hey, that’s XCOM. Snappy can’t come fast enough!
Oh and happy belated Vulkan day!