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We have chosen to use the Nouveau driver for our PCs with nVidia graphic cards. Unfortunately every user who gets connected to those PCs get the message "Additional drivers available" ... even if they don't have the right to install it.

How could I disable these notifications?

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you can disable the notifications from the startup applications.

First open a terminal and give this command

sudo sed 's/NoDisplay=true/NoDisplay=false/g' -i /etc/xdg/autostart/jockey-gtk.desktop

then goto startup applications and unmarked the box.


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Thanks. Removing that file solved my problem. – samb Oct 12 '12 at 10:17

I've found :

jockey-text -m free

Which will make suggestions only for drivers with "free" license. This solves my case (because drivers suggested aren't free), but doesn't fix the "How to disable all notifications?".

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Remove it from the startup applications

copy your .config directory from your home to /etc/skel directory to apply the settings for the new users you create.

sudo cp -R ~/.config /etc/skel/

Thus it will not run by itself unless a new user runs it.

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