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    Default nvidia driver and linux kernel compatibility

    The official nvidia 384.111 works with Linux 4.14.12;
    I know about the tumbleweed nvidia driver:
    I don't use it because of tearing with OpenBox / Chromium.

    I'm wondering if 384.111 will work with 4.14.13,
    or more specifically if there is a way of knowing
    if they will be compatible before a `zypper dup`.

    What is it about kernel updates that breaks compatibility?

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    Default Re: nvidia driver and linux kernel compatibility

    I found:

    "From time to time, a new kernel release changes the internal ABI for drivers, which means all drivers that use those ABIs must be changed accordingly."

    - https://wiki.gentoo.org/wiki/NVidia/..._compatibility

    - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux_...aces#Linux_ABI

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    Default Re: nvidia driver and linux kernel compatibility

    Here is seemingly a quicker way to check for (or follow) new driver releases:

    https://devtalk.nvidia.com/default/t...iver-releases/

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    Default Re: nvidia driver and linux kernel compatibility

    From Nvidia support: "Yes, 384.111 will work with linux kernel 4.14.13"

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    Default Re: nvidia driver and linux kernel compatibility

    Note that it's actually 4.14.14 now.
    https://lists.opensuse.org/opensuse-.../msg00429.html

    I just completed a `zypper dup` and confirm 384.111 works with 4.14.14

    However, directly after `zypper dup` and reboot,
    I did experience the problem stated here:
    https://forums.opensuse.org/showthre...ers-constantly

    This was solved by pressing 'e' at grub and adding '3' after 'nomodset' (apparently unrelated) as suggested.

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