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Ubuntu 19.10 Puts Nvidia's Proprietary GPU Driver Right On The ISO

In Ubuntu 19.04, Canonical introduced the ability to download Nvidia's propriety graphics driver during the OS installation process (provided the user has an internet connection). That was a welcome step toward making gaming more accessible for newcomers. With the upcoming Ubuntu 19.10, however, Canonical is following in the footsteps of System76's Pop!_OS and slapping Nvidia's driver (both 390 and 418) right onto the ISO.

Phoronix spotted the update via Ubuntu's Launchpad platform. What this means is that users can have the proprietary Nvidia driver -- a better option for gaming compared to the open source "Nouveau" driver -- ready to go at first boot. They also have the option to install the Nvidia binary at any point in the future without needing to add or activate a repository or download the driver.

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Ubuntu 19.10 Now Includes Proprietary Nvidia Drivers on the ISO

  • Ubuntu 19.10 Now Includes Proprietary Nvidia Drivers on the ISO

    Shocked? If you’ve read our roundup of the Ubuntu 19.10 release date & features you won’t be as we mentioned shipping closed-source Nvidia GPU drivers on the installation media was a ‘to-do’ list item for the ‘Eoan Ermine’ development cycle.

    Fast forward a couple of weeks from initial plans and, with NVIDIA giving the nod, the move is official: Ubuntu 19.10 will ship with proprietary Nvidia drivers available on the ISO.

    This addition is a first for Ubuntu, and could dramatically improve the “fresh install” Linux experience for (potentially millions of) Ubuntu users.

    And gamers too, I guess!

"NVIDIA has given permission for this inclusion."

Ubuntu to Package Proprietary Nvidia Driver

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