Monday, 30 July 2012

Ubuntu 12.10 New Driver Installer UI

Jockey Driver replacement in Ubuntu 12.10
Thankfully the old "third party driver" installation window has been replaced with a sleeker entry into the ‘Software Sources‘ dialog and not before time.

The new interface for handling Third-Party drivers has landed in Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal (original story on WebUpd8) 

The old and frankly comically unstable Jockey-GTK interface used for handling third-party drivers, has been replaced with a new "Additional Drivers" tab in software-properties and "ubuntu-drivers-common", which is, quote, "simpler and more robust than Jockey".

Given that poor old Jockey has fallen off the horse more times than I can count these last two releases, I am glad to see the back of it.


"software-properties-gtk" is known as "Software Sources" - you can run it from Ubuntu Software Center > Edit > Software Sources.

According to the announcement, some components like notifications are yet to be implemented.

Full specifications for the new UI can be found on the Ubuntu wiki.RC

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