nVidia released the new 256.35 display drivers as stable, just 2 days after the release candidate.
nVidia 256.53 graphics drivers highlights:
Added unofficial GLX protocol support
Thermal Settings reporting in nvidia-settings to accurately reflect
hardware configurations with multiple thermal sensors.
interaction problem between Compiz and 'screen-scraping' VNC servers
like x11vnc and vino that caused the screen to stop updating.
VDPAU to add basic support for Xinerama. VDPAU will now operate on a
single physical X screen under Xinerama. See the README for more
Enhanced VDPAU's handling of corrupt clips of all
formats on GPUs with VDPAU feature set C to be at least as good as on
GPUs with VDPAU feature set B. This significantly improves various clips
provided by nvnews.net user eamiller.
Fixed a bug in Xv
attribute handling that caused hue, saturation,brightness, and contrast
values to be misapplied when using an Xv overlay adaptor.
Implemented new APIs to allow sharing VDPAU surfaces with OpenGL andCUDA.
Removed precompiled kernel interfaces from the NVIDIA Linux-x86 .run file;
And many other improvements and bug fixes. The complete release notes can be found HERE.
Important note before trying to upgrade: these drivers will only work with GeForce 6 and above!
easiest way to upgrade to the latest nVidia 256.35 display drivers in
Ubuntu (Maverick, Lucid, Karmic, Jaunty, Intrepid or Hardy) is to use
the following PPA (just copy/paste the commands in a terminal):