Installing proprietary drivers for KDE Neon

Jan 2, 2017  

If you’re a fan of Ubuntu and KDE, then KDE Neon is arguably the best option we have today. It provides the latest, cutting-edge version of KDE alongside the latest LTS edition of Ubuntu.

One slight downside (or upside, depending on your point of view) is that it’s a rather minimal installation, and some of basics like Libre Office are absent by default.

One of the first things is to install drivers - in my case, I get better resolution options and the correct refresh rate selected.

Find out what driveres are available by entering the command:

sudo ubuntu-drivers devices

This will output something like:

== /sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:01.0/0000:01:00.0 ==
model    : GF108GLM [NVS 5200M]
modalias : pci:v000010DEd00000DFCsv00001028sd00001534bc03sc00i00
vendor   : NVIDIA Corporation
driver   : nvidia-304 - distro non-free
driver   : nvidia-340 - distro non-free

== /sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1c.1/0000:03:00.0 ==
model    : BCM4313 802.11bgn Wireless Network Adapter
modalias : pci:v000014E4d00004727sv00001028sd00000015bc02sc80i00
vendor   : Broadcom Corporation
driver   : bcmwl-kernel-source - distro non-free

== cpu-microcode.py ==
driver   : intel-microcode - distro non-free

From the list, simply do a sudo apt-get install on the drivers you’d like to install. In my case, I entered the following:

sudo apt-get install nvidia-367 bcmwl-kernel-source intel-microcode