Visualization: graphics cards and 3D
graphics cards and drivers
- NVidia (proprietary driver download for Linux at ; "Latest cards" list at , "Legacy cards" list at ). RedHat/Fedora/Debian/[K]Ubuntu installation information can be found at . In particular, for RedHat/Fedora one needs to install the kernel-devel RPM package.
The proprietary driver works well but it needs a bit of care. On RedHat systems that are regularly booted, the following lines in /etc/rc.local result in the necessary parts of the driver being re-installed automatically after booting:
if [ ! -h /usr/lib/xorg/modules/extensions/libglx.so ]; then echo "re-installing NVIDIA driver. This takes some time. Ignore any warnings." /root/NVIDIA.run --no-network -s -n fi if [ ! -e /lib/modules/`uname -r`/kernel/drivers/video/nvidia.ko ]; then echo "installing NVIDIA kernel module. This takes some time. Ignore any warnings." /root/NVIDIA.run --no-network -s -K -n fi
If everything is ok with the driver you get the following output from "glxinfo|head":
name of display: :0.0 display: :0 screen: 0 direct rendering: Yes server glx vendor string: NVIDIA Corporation server glx version string: 1.4 server glx extensions: GLX_EXT_visual_info, GLX_EXT_visual_rating, GLX_SGIX_fbconfig, GLX_SGIX_pbuffer, GLX_SGI_video_sync, GLX_SGI_swap_control, GLX_EXT_texture_from_pixmap, GLX_ARB_multisample, GLX_NV_float_buffer client glx vendor string: NVIDIA Corporation