Ubuntu – the NVIDIA Server Driver

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In the Software & Updates app in Ubuntu 20.04, in the Additional Drivers tab, there is an NVIDIA Server Driver option that I don't remember seeing in previous Ubuntu releases. The package name is nvidia-driver-440-server.

What are the differences between this and nvidia-driver-440?

Best Answer

  • Using apt-file list on the two packages, the files are identical -- the only difference is the name of the location, /usr/share/doc/nvidia-driver-440 vs. /usr/share/doc/nvidia-driver-440-server

    Using apt-cache depends, the non-server metapackage has only the below five additional dependencies:

    linux-modules-nvidia-440-aws  
    linux-modules-nvidia-440-azure  
    linux-modules-nvidia-440-gcp  
    linux-modules-nvidia-440-oem-20.04  
    linux-modules-nvidia-440-oracle  
    

    --Looks like the ...server is a subset of the driver package without some possible vendor/cloud support.