[Slackbuilds-users] nvidia-driver, nvidia-kernel

Heinz Wiesinger pprkut at liwjatan.at
Thu Jun 23 05:44:13 UTC 2011

On Wednesday 22 June 2011 21:06:38 King Beowulf wrote:
> Not entirely true..if you upgraded xorg/mesa etc before uninstalling.
> On 6/22/11, Erik Hanson <erik at slackbuilds.org> wrote:
> > On Wed, 22 Jun 2011 08:51:23 -0400
> > 
> > Martin Pagnan <mpagnan at acanac.net> wrote:
> >> Thanks. Good point. But, now that I have been warned, what are these
> >> garbage files that I must have on my system? Do you remember? Thanks.
> > 
> > Nothing that can't be cleaned up with ./NVIDIA-... --uninstall
> > 

You can also mess up your system with nvidia-switch, if you want to. Cleanness 
is the wrong reason for the SlackBuilds.

My original idea behind the SlackBuilds was to have an already known 
installation procedure for the nvidia drivers, rather than having to learn 
another different one. Yes, you can largely achieve the same with both, but 
have to know which parameters of nvidia-installer to use and when. Not saying 
that's difficult either, it's just a convenience thing.
Another reason for the SlackBuilds would be that they give you slightly more 
than the .run installer, since nvidia-settings, nvidia-xconfig, etc are built 
from source. Again this adds no functionality compared to the .run installer, 
it's an ideology thing.

In the end, if you are using the SlackBuilds or the .run installer to install 
nvidia's drivers is up to your personal preferences and those only. There's no 
better and no worse among them, just a slightly different.

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