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A cure for nvidia drivers in Ubuntu

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Over the weekend I finally upgraded my main machine. This was not just an upgrade but also a migration to another distro. After about ten years with Red Hat/Fedora I finally jumped over to Ubuntu. There’s a reason: nvidia.

Jumping from Fedora Core 6 to Fedora 8 I figured would have been a simple migration. It would have been but for my on-board nvidia graphics cards. Because of this card Fedora 8 wouldn’t give me the resolution that I wanted. And I remember well having to jump through the joyous hoops with the livna repositories in FC 6. Every time I updated the kernel I also had to update the nvidia drivers (and a few other pieces of that puzzle) in order to get the nvidia card playing well with the OS. And on top of that, every time I had to hand edit my xorg.conf file and re-add the “Option” “HWCursor” “off” line. EVERY-STINKIN-TIME!

Sure I could have compiled the driver myself and not get caught up in the livna nightmare - but there were so many other rpms from livna that I needed. So it was always a catch 22.

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