NVIDIA R304.15: First OpenGL 4.3 Driver Available for Linux



OpenGL 4.3 driver under Linux


NVIDIA has released a set of OpenGL 4.3 drivers for Windows (R305.53) and for Linux (and FreeBSD + Solaris). For Linux, the version number is not the same: R304.15. You can download R304.15 for Linux from THIS PAGE.

If you are under Linux Mint and need some help to install R304.15, just check this article: How to quickly Install NVIDIA R302.11 Drivers Under Linux Mint 13).

That said, let’s see the OpenGL extensions exposed by R304.15 for a GeForce GTX 680 (Linux Mint 13, 64-bit). First the GLX extensions: they are the same than for R304.22, and 27 GLX extensions are exposed:

  • GLX_ARB_get_proc_address
  • GLX_ARB_multisample
  • GLX_EXT_visual_info
  • GLX_EXT_visual_rating
  • GLX_EXT_import_context
  • GLX_SGI_video_sync
  • GLX_NV_swap_group
  • GLX_NV_video_out
  • GLX_SGIX_fbconfig
  • GLX_SGIX_pbuffer
  • GLX_SGI_swap_control
  • GLX_EXT_swap_control
  • GLX_EXT_swap_control_tear
  • GLX_ARB_create_context
  • GLX_ARB_create_context_profile
  • GLX_NV_float_buffer
  • GLX_ARB_fbconfig_float
  • GLX_EXT_fbconfig_packed_float
  • GLX_EXT_texture_from_pixmap
  • GLX_EXT_framebuffer_sRGB
  • GLX_NV_present_video
  • GLX_NV_copy_image
  • GLX_NV_multisample_coverage
  • GLX_NV_video_capture
  • GLX_EXT_create_context_es_profile
  • GLX_EXT_create_context_es2_profile
  • GLX_ARB_create_context_robustness



Now the interesting part, the real OpenGL extensions (GL_). Compared to R302.11 and R304.22, R 304.15 adds no less than 35 new OpenGL extensions bringing the total number to 310!

Here are the 35 new extensions (see this post for more details about these GL 4.3 extensions):

  • GL_ARB_arrays_of_arrays
  • GL_ARB_clear_buffer_object
  • GL_ARB_compute_shader
  • GL_ARB_copy_image
  • GL_ARB_debug_output
  • GL_ARB_ES3_compatibility
  • GL_ARB_explicit_uniform_location
  • GL_ARB_fragment_layer_viewport
  • GL_ARB_framebuffer_no_attachments
  • GL_ARB_internalformat_query2
  • GL_ARB_invalidate_subdata
  • GL_ARB_multi_draw_indirect
  • GL_ARB_program_interface_query
  • GL_ARB_robust_buffer_access_behavior
  • GL_ARB_shader_image_size
  • GL_ARB_shader_storage_buffer_object
  • GL_ARB_stencil_texturing
  • GL_ARB_texture_buffer_range
  • GL_ARB_texture_query_levels
  • GL_ARB_texture_storage_multisample
  • GL_ARB_texture_view
  • GL_ARB_vertex_attrib_binding
  • GL_KHR_debug
  • GL_NV_compute_program5
  • GL_NV_shader_storage_buffer_object
  • GL_OES_compressed_ETC2_RGB8_texture
  • GL_OES_compressed_ETC2_sRGB8_texture
  • GL_OES_compressed_ETC2_punchthroughA_RGBA8_texture
  • GL_OES_compressed_ETC2_punchthroughA_sRGB8_alpha_texture
  • GL_OES_compressed_ETC2_RGBA8_texture
  • GL_OES_compressed_ETC2_sRGB8_alpha8_texture
  • GL_OES_compressed_EAC_R11_unsigned_texture
  • GL_OES_compressed_EAC_R11_signed_texture
  • GL_OES_compressed_EAC_RG11_unsigned_texture
  • GL_OES_compressed_EAC_RG11_signed_texture



R305.53 for Windows has 309 GL extensions while R304.15 for Linux exposes 310 GL ext. Here are the difference between Windows and Linux versions:

- the following extensions are only available under Linux:

  • GL_EXT_x11_sync_object
  • GL_NV_vdpau_interop

- the following extension is only available under Windows:

  • GL_WIN_swap_hint






Here is the complete list of all OpenGL extensions exposed for the GTX 680 by R304.15 driver under Linux:

  • GL_AMD_multi_draw_indirect
  • GL_AMD_seamless_cubemap_per_texture
  • GL_ARB_arrays_of_arrays
  • GL_ARB_base_instance
  • GL_ARB_blend_func_extended
  • GL_ARB_clear_buffer_object
  • GL_ARB_color_buffer_float
  • GL_ARB_compatibility
  • GL_ARB_compressed_texture_pixel_storage
  • GL_ARB_conservative_depth
  • GL_ARB_compute_shader
  • GL_ARB_copy_buffer
  • GL_ARB_copy_image
  • GL_ARB_debug_output
  • GL_ARB_depth_buffer_float
  • GL_ARB_depth_clamp
  • GL_ARB_depth_texture
  • GL_ARB_draw_buffers
  • GL_ARB_draw_buffers_blend
  • GL_ARB_draw_indirect
  • GL_ARB_draw_elements_base_vertex
  • GL_ARB_draw_instanced
  • GL_ARB_ES2_compatibility
  • GL_ARB_ES3_compatibility
  • GL_ARB_explicit_attrib_location
  • GL_ARB_explicit_uniform_location
  • GL_ARB_fragment_coord_conventions
  • GL_ARB_fragment_layer_viewport
  • GL_ARB_fragment_program
  • GL_ARB_fragment_program_shadow
  • GL_ARB_fragment_shader
  • GL_ARB_framebuffer_no_attachments
  • GL_ARB_framebuffer_object
  • GL_ARB_framebuffer_sRGB
  • GL_ARB_geometry_shader4
  • GL_ARB_get_program_binary
  • GL_ARB_gpu_shader5
  • GL_ARB_gpu_shader_fp64
  • GL_ARB_half_float_pixel
  • GL_ARB_half_float_vertex
  • GL_ARB_imaging
  • GL_ARB_instanced_arrays
  • GL_ARB_internalformat_query
  • GL_ARB_internalformat_query2
  • GL_ARB_invalidate_subdata
  • GL_ARB_map_buffer_alignment
  • GL_ARB_map_buffer_range
  • GL_ARB_multi_draw_indirect
  • GL_ARB_multisample
  • GL_ARB_multitexture
  • GL_ARB_occlusion_query
  • GL_ARB_occlusion_query2
  • GL_ARB_pixel_buffer_object
  • GL_ARB_point_parameters
  • GL_ARB_point_sprite
  • GL_ARB_program_interface_query
  • GL_ARB_provoking_vertex
  • GL_ARB_robust_buffer_access_behavior
  • GL_ARB_robustness
  • GL_ARB_sample_shading
  • GL_ARB_sampler_objects
  • GL_ARB_seamless_cube_map
  • GL_ARB_separate_shader_objects
  • GL_ARB_shader_atomic_counters
  • GL_ARB_shader_bit_encoding
  • GL_ARB_shader_image_load_store
  • GL_ARB_shader_image_size
  • GL_ARB_shader_objects
  • GL_ARB_shader_precision
  • GL_ARB_shader_storage_buffer_object
  • GL_ARB_shader_subroutine
  • GL_ARB_shader_texture_lod
  • GL_ARB_shading_language_100
  • GL_ARB_shading_language_420pack
  • GL_ARB_shading_language_include
  • GL_ARB_shading_language_packing
  • GL_ARB_shadow
  • GL_ARB_stencil_texturing
  • GL_ARB_sync
  • GL_ARB_tessellation_shader
  • GL_ARB_texture_border_clamp
  • GL_ARB_texture_buffer_object
  • GL_ARB_texture_buffer_object_rgb32
  • GL_ARB_texture_buffer_range
  • GL_ARB_texture_compression
  • GL_ARB_texture_compression_bptc
  • GL_ARB_texture_compression_rgtc
  • GL_ARB_texture_cube_map
  • GL_ARB_texture_cube_map_array
  • GL_ARB_texture_env_add
  • GL_ARB_texture_env_combine
  • GL_ARB_texture_env_crossbar
  • GL_ARB_texture_env_dot3
  • GL_ARB_texture_float
  • GL_ARB_texture_gather
  • GL_ARB_texture_mirrored_repeat
  • GL_ARB_texture_multisample
  • GL_ARB_texture_non_power_of_two
  • GL_ARB_texture_query_levels
  • GL_ARB_texture_query_lod
  • GL_ARB_texture_rectangle
  • GL_ARB_texture_rg
  • GL_ARB_texture_rgb10_a2ui
  • GL_ARB_texture_storage
  • GL_ARB_texture_storage_multisample
  • GL_ARB_texture_swizzle
  • GL_ARB_texture_view
  • GL_ARB_timer_query
  • GL_ARB_transform_feedback2
  • GL_ARB_transform_feedback3
  • GL_ARB_transform_feedback_instanced
  • GL_ARB_transpose_matrix
  • GL_ARB_uniform_buffer_object
  • GL_ARB_vertex_array_bgra
  • GL_ARB_vertex_array_object
  • GL_ARB_vertex_attrib_64bit
  • GL_ARB_vertex_attrib_binding
  • GL_ARB_vertex_buffer_object
  • GL_ARB_vertex_program
  • GL_ARB_vertex_shader
  • GL_ARB_vertex_type_2_10_10_10_rev
  • GL_ARB_viewport_array
  • GL_ARB_window_pos
  • GL_ATI_draw_buffers
  • GL_ATI_texture_float
  • GL_ATI_texture_mirror_once
  • GL_S3_s3tc
  • GL_EXT_texture_env_add
  • GL_EXT_abgr
  • GL_EXT_bgra
  • GL_EXT_bindable_uniform
  • GL_EXT_blend_color
  • GL_EXT_blend_equation_separate
  • GL_EXT_blend_func_separate
  • GL_EXT_blend_minmax
  • GL_EXT_blend_subtract
  • GL_EXT_compiled_vertex_array
  • GL_EXT_Cg_shader
  • GL_EXT_depth_bounds_test
  • GL_EXT_direct_state_access
  • GL_EXT_draw_buffers2
  • GL_EXT_draw_instanced
  • GL_EXT_draw_range_elements
  • GL_EXT_fog_coord
  • GL_EXT_framebuffer_blit
  • GL_EXT_framebuffer_multisample
  • GL_EXTX_framebuffer_mixed_formats
  • GL_EXT_framebuffer_object
  • GL_EXT_framebuffer_sRGB
  • GL_EXT_geometry_shader4
  • GL_EXT_gpu_program_parameters
  • GL_EXT_gpu_shader4
  • GL_EXT_multi_draw_arrays
  • GL_EXT_packed_depth_stencil
  • GL_EXT_packed_float
  • GL_EXT_packed_pixels
  • GL_EXT_pixel_buffer_object
  • GL_EXT_point_parameters
  • GL_EXT_provoking_vertex
  • GL_EXT_rescale_normal
  • GL_EXT_secondary_color
  • GL_EXT_separate_shader_objects
  • GL_EXT_separate_specular_color
  • GL_EXT_shader_image_load_store
  • GL_EXT_shadow_funcs
  • GL_EXT_stencil_two_side
  • GL_EXT_stencil_wrap
  • GL_EXT_texture3D
  • GL_EXT_texture_array
  • GL_EXT_texture_buffer_object
  • GL_EXT_texture_compression_dxt1
  • GL_EXT_texture_compression_latc
  • GL_EXT_texture_compression_rgtc
  • GL_EXT_texture_compression_s3tc
  • GL_EXT_texture_cube_map
  • GL_EXT_texture_edge_clamp
  • GL_EXT_texture_env_combine
  • GL_EXT_texture_env_dot3
  • GL_EXT_texture_filter_anisotropic
  • GL_EXT_texture_format_BGRA8888
  • GL_EXT_texture_integer
  • GL_EXT_texture_lod
  • GL_EXT_texture_lod_bias
  • GL_EXT_texture_mirror_clamp
  • GL_EXT_texture_object
  • GL_EXT_texture_shared_exponent
  • GL_EXT_texture_sRGB
  • GL_EXT_texture_sRGB_decode
  • GL_EXT_texture_storage
  • GL_EXT_texture_swizzle
  • GL_EXT_texture_type_2_10_10_10_REV
  • GL_EXT_timer_query
  • GL_EXT_transform_feedback2
  • GL_EXT_vertex_array
  • GL_EXT_vertex_array_bgra
  • GL_EXT_vertex_attrib_64bit
  • GL_EXT_x11_sync_object
  • GL_EXT_import_sync_object
  • GL_IBM_rasterpos_clip
  • GL_IBM_texture_mirrored_repeat
  • GL_KHR_debug
  • GL_KTX_buffer_region
  • GL_NV_alpha_test
  • GL_NV_bindless_texture
  • GL_NV_blend_minmax
  • GL_NV_blend_square
  • GL_NV_complex_primitives
  • GL_NV_compute_program5
  • GL_NV_conditional_render
  • GL_NV_copy_depth_to_color
  • GL_NV_copy_image
  • GL_NV_depth_buffer_float
  • GL_NV_depth_clamp
  • GL_NV_ES1_1_compatibility
  • GL_NV_explicit_multisample
  • GL_NV_fbo_color_attachments
  • GL_NV_fence
  • GL_NV_float_buffer
  • GL_NV_fog_distance
  • GL_NV_fragdepth
  • GL_NV_fragment_program
  • GL_NV_fragment_program_option
  • GL_NV_fragment_program2
  • GL_NV_framebuffer_multisample_coverage
  • GL_NV_geometry_shader4
  • GL_NV_gpu_program4
  • GL_NV_gpu_program4_1
  • GL_NV_gpu_program5
  • GL_NV_gpu_program_fp64
  • GL_NV_gpu_shader5
  • GL_NV_half_float
  • GL_NV_light_max_exponent
  • GL_NV_multisample_coverage
  • GL_NV_multisample_filter_hint
  • GL_NV_occlusion_query
  • GL_NV_packed_depth_stencil
  • GL_NV_parameter_buffer_object
  • GL_NV_parameter_buffer_object2
  • GL_NV_path_rendering
  • GL_NV_pixel_data_range
  • GL_NV_point_sprite
  • GL_NV_primitive_restart
  • GL_NV_register_combiners
  • GL_NV_register_combiners2
  • GL_NV_shader_atomic_counters
  • GL_NV_shader_atomic_float
  • GL_NV_shader_buffer_load
  • GL_NV_shader_storage_buffer_object
  • GL_NV_texgen_reflection
  • GL_NV_texture_barrier
  • GL_NV_texture_compression_vtc
  • GL_NV_texture_env_combine4
  • GL_NV_texture_expand_normal
  • GL_NV_texture_lod_clamp
  • GL_NV_texture_multisample
  • GL_NV_texture_rectangle
  • GL_NV_texture_shader
  • GL_NV_texture_shader2
  • GL_NV_texture_shader3
  • GL_NV_transform_feedback
  • GL_NV_transform_feedback2
  • GL_NV_vdpau_interop
  • GL_NV_vertex_array_range
  • GL_NV_vertex_array_range2
  • GL_NV_vertex_attrib_integer_64bit
  • GL_NV_vertex_buffer_unified_memory
  • GL_NV_vertex_program
  • GL_NV_vertex_program1_1
  • GL_NV_vertex_program2
  • GL_NV_vertex_program2_option
  • GL_NV_vertex_program3
  • GL_NVX_conditional_render
  • GL_NVX_gpu_memory_info
  • GL_OES_compressed_ETC2_RGB8_texture
  • GL_OES_compressed_ETC2_sRGB8_texture
  • GL_OES_compressed_ETC2_punchthroughA_RGBA8_texture
  • GL_OES_compressed_ETC2_punchthroughA_sRGB8_alpha_texture
  • GL_OES_compressed_ETC2_RGBA8_texture
  • GL_OES_compressed_ETC2_sRGB8_alpha8_texture
  • GL_OES_compressed_EAC_R11_unsigned_texture
  • GL_OES_compressed_EAC_R11_signed_texture
  • GL_OES_compressed_EAC_RG11_unsigned_texture
  • GL_OES_compressed_EAC_RG11_signed_texture
  • GL_OES_compressed_paletted_texture
  • GL_OES_depth24
  • GL_OES_depth32
  • GL_OES_depth_texture
  • GL_OES_element_index_uint
  • GL_OES_fbo_render_mipmap
  • GL_OES_get_program_binary
  • GL_OES_mapbuffer
  • GL_OES_packed_depth_stencil
  • GL_OES_point_size_array
  • GL_OES_point_sprite
  • GL_OES_rgb8_rgba8
  • GL_OES_read_format
  • GL_OES_standard_derivatives
  • GL_OES_texture_3D
  • GL_OES_texture_float
  • GL_OES_texture_float_linear
  • GL_OES_texture_half_float
  • GL_OES_texture_half_float_linear
  • GL_OES_texture_npot
  • GL_OES_vertex_array_object
  • GL_OES_vertex_half_float
  • GL_SGIS_generate_mipmap
  • GL_SGIS_texture_lod
  • GL_SGIX_depth_texture
  • GL_SGIX_shadow
  • GL_SUN_slice_accum




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