During the Ubuntu 11.10 beta 1 there were experimental Nvidia open source drivers. I liked them a lot more than the proprietary ones because they let me use the native dual-screen settings from Ubuntu, instead of Nvidias ones which trick Ubuntu into thinking I have one massive screen instead of two regular ones.

They were removed from the final release (I think).

Does anyone know what i'm talking about and whether there is a way to get them back?


Try this in a Terminal window:

sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg-video-nouveau libdrm-nouveau1a nouveau-firmware

It should install the driver.

  • The Nvidia driver is still present. Is there anyway to check if it has installed this open source one properly? – cjschris Oct 15 '11 at 5:27
  • If you want to remove the closed-source nVidia driver, try this: sudo apt-get purge nvidia-current – MiJyn Oct 16 '11 at 21:28

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