Tag Archives: Drivers

DIGImend Project Revived To Improve Non-Wacom Tablets Support on Linux

Nikolai Kondrashov rebooted the DIGImend project that brings support for Genius, Huion, Yiynova, and other non-Wacom graphic tablets to Linux users.

After 9 years of working on DIGImend for free and 1 year of hiatus, Nikolai is now relying on both corporate support and recurring donations via Patreon to fund his work on the project.

Don’t underestimate his statement that with $1300 per month (pre-tax) he would dedicate mere two hours to the project code each weekend (or buy tablets to hack on). Judging by live hacking sessions he broadcasts on YouTube, two hours get a lot of work done.

Earlier this year he already added support for Ugee’s M540 and EX07 tablets, and several days ago support for Ugee 2150 tablet landed. In a thread on Google+ (yes, it’s still a thing) he admitted he would also be interested to work on advanced configuration for such tablets in GNOME.

Visit Nikolai’s Patreon page for more information.

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How To Install The Latest Nvidia Drivers In Ubuntu Via PPA

Upgrading to the latest version of the proprietary Nvidia drivers in Ubuntu was pretty complicated a while back. You would either have to use the official Linux installer, which was not always reliable, at least for me, or use a bleeding edge PPA, like the Xorg Edgers PPA, which would upgrade multiple packages, most of which were unstable.

That’s no longer the case thanks to the Proprietary GPU Drivers PPA, which offers stable proprietary Nvidia graphics driver updates, without updating other libraries to unstable versions (some libraries may still be updated using this PPA, if they are needed by the drivers, but there’s nothing unstable in the PPA).

Despite its name, the PPA only provides proprietary Nvidia graphics drivers updates, with no support for AMD or Intel.

Even though the PPA is probably the most stable way of upgrading to the latest proprietary Nvidia drivers version in Ubuntu, it’s still considered in testing. That means issues may still occur (though I didn’t encounter any and I’ve been using it for some time), so you should only use this PPA if you have experience with recovering your system from a failed graphics driver upgrade.

I should also mention that the PPA provides packages for all supported Ubuntu versions (16.10, 16.04, 15.10, 14.04 and 12.04). At the time I’m writing this article, the PPA provides the latest long lived branch version (367.27) of the Nvidia graphics drivers for Ubuntu 16.10 and 16.04 and the latest short lived branch version (364.19) for Ubuntu 15.10, 14.04 and 12.04.
You can check the latest Nvidia Linux graphics drivers version by visiting THIS page.

Install the latest Nvidia graphics drivers in Ubuntu via PPA

1. Add the PPA.

Before proceeding, please read the PPA description!
To add the Proprietary GPU Drivers PPA in Ubuntu and update the software sources, use the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:graphics-drivers/ppa
sudo apt update

2. Install (and activate) the latest Nvidia graphics drivers

From System Settings or directly from the menu / Dash, open Software & Updates, click on the “Additional Drivers” tab, select the driver you want to use, and click “Apply changes”:

After the driver is downloaded and installed, restart your system. That’s it!

You can also install the latest drivers using Synaptic or from the command line. To see the available versions, you can use:
apt-cache search nvidia

or:

apt search nvidia
And look for the packages called “nvidia-VERSION”, for instance “nvidia-367” for the latest 367.27 graphics drivers, and install it (“sudo apt install nvidia-VERSION”).

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Intel Graphics Installer 1.4.0 Released With Support for Ubuntu 15.10

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An app with a reputation

A new release of the Intel Graphics Installer for Linux is available for download.

The open-source tool enables desktop Linux users to easily upgrade their Intel graphics drivers for supported hardware to the latest, greatest version.

And the latest and greatest drivers shipping in v1.4.0 are from the 2015Q4 Intel Graphics Stack.

Among the improvements offered:

  • Skylake hardware support
  • Introduction of Broxton support
  • Power management fixes on the kernel driver

Ubuntu 15.10 (and Fedora 23) are officially supported. Ubuntu 15.04 (and Fedora 22) is downgraded to ‘deprecated’ status.

Deprecated status means that the tool can still be used to remove or install an older version of the graphics stack, but will not fetch or install the latest drivers.

No support is provided for the Graphics Installer on Ubuntu 14.10 (or earlier).

For more details, and to grab the update, head over to Intel 01.org’s official release notes. Be sure to pay close attention to the warning about force-installing packages.

This post, Intel Graphics Installer 1.4.0 Released With Support for Ubuntu 15.10, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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SANE update brings support for over 300 scanners and MFUs on Linux

SANE is not the most often updated pack of drivers and associated software around, but when they release, they do deliver.

Newly released SANE backends v1.0.25 features support for over 300 new scanners and multifunction units, quite of few which have been introduced in the past two years since the last release of SANE.

Relevant changes boil down to improvements in a variety of existing drivers (Canon, Fujitsu, Genesys, Kodak, and more) and arrival of new drivers: epsonds (Epson DS, PX and WF series), pieusb (PIE and Reflecta film/slide scanners). The support status page hasn’t been updated to reflect the changes yet.

The scanimage tool finally got support for saving to JPG and PNG (it only saved to PNM and TIFF beforehand).

The release also features a workaround by Allan Noah for buggy USB3/XHCI support on Linux. This should prevent you from “dancing on your left leg while sacrificing a goat” to launch scanning on newer Linux systems.

Expect an update in your Linux distribution of choice or grab source code and DIY.

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