Nearly one year ago, Valve has started porting and testing the successful first-person shooter Left 4 Dead 2 with the current version of its graphics engine Source on Linux. At the same time, the managing director of the company Gabe Newell has informed me that the company has enormous problems with the graphics drivers on Linux and is urgently looking for Linux developers. Some Months later, an initial success has already been achieved.
The graphics card manufacturer NVIDIA has released a new beta version 319.12 of its graphics driver. The new version includes a lot of new features and improvements. Probably the biggest feature is the initial support of the Optimus technology, which allows dynamic switching between a mobile NVIDIA graphics card and an integrated graphics chip, like one from Intel.
NVIDIA today announced the latest NVIDIA® GeForce® drivers -- R310 -- double the performance(1) and dramatically reduce game loading times for those gaming on the Linux operating system.
The result of almost a year of development by NVIDIA, Valve and other game developers, the new GeForce R310 drivers are designed to give GeForce customers the best possible Linux-based PC gaming experience -- and showcase the enormous potential of the world's biggest open-source operating system.