Short lived vs long lived Nvidia driver?
shmerl
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This is somewhat confusing. Currently that's what I get from sgfxi for selection of Nvidia drivers to install:

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SECTION: NVIDIA
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NVidia Default Stable Drivers:
DEFAULT: 361.42 :: LEGACY 4: 340.96 :: LEGACY 3: 304.131 :: LEGACY 2: 173.14.39 :: LEGACY 1: 96.43.23
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Nvidia Beta Drivers:
DEFAULT: 364.15 :: LEGACY 4: N/A :: LEGACY 3: N/A  :: LEGACY 2: N/A :: LEGACY 1: N/A
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Nvidia Optional Drivers:
361.42 361.28 358.16 355.11 352.63 352.55 346.87 346.82 343.36 340.96 340.93 337.25 334.21 331.89 325.15 319.72 313.30 310.44 304.131 304.128 295.71 290.10 285.05.09 280.13 275.43 270.41.19 260.19.44 256.53 195.36.31 190.53 185.18.36 180.60 177.82 173.14.37 169.12 100.14.19 96.43.20 71.86.14


So default one is 361.42.

Now, according to Nvidia page here: https://www.nvidia.com/object/unix.html 361.42 is a long lived branch driver:

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Linux x86_64/AMD64/EM64T
Latest Long Lived Branch version: 361.42
Latest Short Lived Branch version: 364.19


And that's what it means according to Nvidia developers:

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This is a new category of releases, so I think it needs a little explanation. We've started maintaining longer-lived release branches that only take critical or low-risk fixes. These releases are intended for users of non-legacy GPUs who don't necessarily need the latest and greatest features. If you've ever used Ubuntu's LTS releases, these should be a similar idea.


Do you plan to add an option to install short lived branch driver as well? It should have more features and it's updated more frequently.
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No, you're confused by the simple fact that sometimes nvidia releases the current driver as also the long lived driver. Other times they release older updated ltr drivers.

sgfxi lets you run the long term support driver if you so chose, via the -o option, but it always defaults to current stable nvidia for your card version. Stable means, non beta.

Oh, wait, no, I see, I missed a driver, oops, must have slipped by me, the previous current officiial was in fact also the current current long-lived-branch-release 361.42, I just forgot to update sgfxi with the latest official current, sorry.

current official 364.19
current long-lived-branch-release 361.42
340 official 340.96
304 official 304.131
173.14 official 173.14.39
96.43 official 96.43.23
71.86 official 71.86.15
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shmerl
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That clears the confusion, thanks :)
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shmerl
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By the way, download page now shows

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Latest Long Lived Branch version: 367.44


But sgfxi still lists 367.35 as default. Can it take an option to install something not listed in the script? I.e. passing -o 367.44? Or it can't support "forward" versions?
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I just missed an update, that's all. sgfxi is now updated.
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