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Games It seems to have so far escaped OSNews' notice (if the top few hits for a site-search for 'Steam' is any indication) that Steam for Linux is now in Open Beta; you can get the Linux steam client from So far, they appear to only be making an Ubuntu .deb available, and the client will require closed-source GPU drivers in order to work.
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Proprietary Drivers in Linux 2013
by FunkyELF on Wed 30th Jan 2013 16:45 UTC
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Here's my recent experience with proprietary drivers in Linux.

I recently just got a new graphics card to drive a new 2560x1440 monitor I bought.
My integrated graphics was Radeon HD 4xxx and I figured I needed something beefier.

I went with a Radeon HD 7770 and it was terrible.
I tried various distros (Ubuntu 12.04 and 12.10, Mint 13 and 14)
I tried various drivers including AMD's newest 13.1
I tried various desktop environment flavors of each OS (Unity, XFce, Compiz, Cinnamon)

There were either performance issues, glitches, or both in every combination I tried.
By performance issues I mean hardware acceleration not working (close to 100% CPU while watching BluRays movies).
The glitches were unbearable. Everything from huge artifacts to screen flickering.

I returned it for an NVidia 650 Ti.
The performance is great and no glitches.
My only complaint is that my virtual terminals are 25x80 (pretty ugly on a 27" 2560x1440 monitor).
I'd love to see KMS on the proprietary NVidia drivers.

I'm going to return my montior because it (and the replacement I got) both have bad backlight bleeding.
I'm looking at getting the Dell S2340L which only has VGA and HDMI.
The problem here is that supposedly NVidia only outputs 16-235 over HDMI and not 0-255.
There are fixes out there for Windows involving registry edits.... no clue how to do this on Linux.

What a mess

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