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 From:  CHYRON (DSMITHHFX)  
 To:  graphitone     
42532.4 In reply to 42532.3 
Most of the updates are for cards and games I don't even own, even though in theory they would still work with my card & games ok.
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 From:  Weatherlawyer (MIKE)  
 To:  graphitone     
42532.5 In reply to 42532.3 
I am presuming this is all a Microsoft issue and that linux just supplies what the kernel needs. I have never noticed large files with my updates. Not that I pay attention much
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 From:  CHYRON (DSMITHHFX)  
 To:  Weatherlawyer (MIKE)     
42532.6 In reply to 42532.5 
The binary drivers are of similar size. The open sores ones are more compact, but don't access the fancier acceleration functions for games etc. IIRC the nvidia open source are barely functional. I do use them on a work pc for a pretty low-end card, and they seem ok for everyday desktop stuff.
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 From:  Lucy (X3N0PH0N)  
 To:  CHYRON (DSMITHHFX)     
42532.7 In reply to 42532.6 
The proprietary drivers are definitely smaller on Linux (~33mb on disk on my system) but that's largely because the Windows drivers contain a shitload of what are essentially runtime-patches for games. A lot of stuff, particularly shaders, in games is poorly coded and nvidia essentially rewrite them, stick them in the drivers, then replace them in the game when it runs. Everyone wins - the games run better and nvidia cards look good. These take up a *lot* of space.

They don't bother porting that stuff to Linux.

 
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 From:  CHYRON (DSMITHHFX)  
 To:  Lucy (X3N0PH0N)     
42532.8 In reply to 42532.7 
I haven't installed binary drivers for linux in >10 years, they weren't worth the bother. Although they had better 3d acceleration, 2d for typical desktop stuff was kind of sucky.
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 From:  Lucy (X3N0PH0N)  
 To:  CHYRON (DSMITHHFX)     
42532.9 In reply to 42532.8 
Some distros make a meal of them for some reason. On Arch it's as much bother as typing `pacman -S nvidia`.
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 From:  graphitone  
 To:  Lucy (X3N0PH0N)     
42532.10 In reply to 42532.9 
And how many shaders does Pacman require?
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 From:  Lucy (X3N0PH0N)  
 To:  graphitone     
42532.11 In reply to 42532.10 
Over 7.
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 From:  CHYRON (DSMITHHFX)  
 To:  Lucy (X3N0PH0N)     
42532.12 In reply to 42532.9 
Installing is easy.
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 From:  graphitone  
 To:  Lucy (X3N0PH0N)     
42532.13 In reply to 42532.11 
Good gravy.  :-O
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