As yesterday while applying updates to my Xubuntu 20.04.1 I noticed in one of those updates for
126.96.36.199 that support for nVidia 455 (this number if I remember correctly) is included. So, today, got curious enough to test it again: switching from nouveau to nvidia-driver-455:
which - by the way - it was also recommended by
$ ubuntu-drivers devices ✔
== /sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:01.0/0000:01:00.0 ==
modalias : pci:v000010DEd00001B80sv00001028sd00003366bc03sc00i00
vendor : NVIDIA Corporation
model : GP104 [GeForce GTX 1080]
driver : nvidia-driver-390 - distro non-free
driver : nvidia-driver-440-server - distro non-free
driver : nvidia-driver-418-server - distro non-free
driver : nvidia-driver-450 - distro non-free
driver : nvidia-driver-455 - distro non-free recommended
driver : nvidia-driver-450-server - distro non-free
driver : xserver-xorg-video-nouveau - distro free builtin
It all went ok after restart. The monitor (an LG model 31MU97Z-B) is shown as “LG 27” and resolution 3840x2160 is the default, but it runs great at 4K.
So, I’m all ok with it. I just wanted to test the nvidia as I saw is better than X.Org’s nouveau, although nouveau worked great for now in my case, therefore, I don’t even know what improvements are relevant for my usage (no games or special graphics, just software development, youtube, and some movies).
Now, my next curiosity is whether shall I try again installing Zorin OS 15.3 Lite Edition that comes with XFCE and eventually switch to Ultimate, just to support your lovely distro.
Remember before that I started playing with it, live mode went ok, but the installation (btw, just a standard one, using the whole disk, nothing special) failed at the graphics, due to that older nvidia. And at that time I don’t remember trying the nouveau driver.
But now, I would do a backup of my system (using install it, I’ll try to manage using the nouveau, or simply try to apply the latest updates and hope that it works.
Meanwhile, I just took a ZorinOS theme and customize it to my linking (see sample in the screens above). I’m also thinking to contribute it back to the community. The only thing that I don’t like in the current setup is that I don’t get rounded corners at the bottom also. The (maybe the) only app that shows like this is Nautilus, a file manager that I like more than Thunar:
So, shall I try?
If I buy the Ultimate license would I get enough support?
Thanks again for the feedback!