Envy – ATI and NVIDIA drivers installation made easy

“Envy” is an application for Ubuntu Linux and Debian written in Python and PyGTK.
Envy Features

  • detect the model of your graphic card (ATI and Nvidia cards are supported). However “Manual installation” is also available
  • download the right version of the proprietary driver for your ATI or Nvidia card from ATI or Nvidia’s websites
  • handle the dependencies (compilers, OpenGL, etc.) (according to your OS version and kernel) required to build the module
  • install/uninstall the driver
  • set up your xorg.conf (i.e. the configuration file of the Xserver) for you (according to your system specifications)
  • restart the Xserver for you (if you wish so) (this feature is available only in the textual interface)

Install Envy in Debian Etch

You need to download envy latest version from here using the following command

#wget http://albertomilone.com/ubuntu/nvidia/scripts/envy_0.9.4-0ubuntu4_all.deb

Now you need to install envy_0.9.4-0ubuntu4_all.deb package using the following command

#dpkg -i envy_0.9.4-0ubuntu4_all.deb

If you get any error Make sure that all the dependencies were installed by typing

#apt-get install -f

Launch Envy’s GUI by typing the following command

envy -g

If you need to use Envy’s textual interface you will have to type the following command

envy -t

WARNING: you will have to remove the driver you installed with Envy before upgrading Debian to a newer release (e.g. upgrading Debian Etch to Debian Lenny)

3 thoughts on “Envy – ATI and NVIDIA drivers installation made easy

  1. excellent driver! my installation lasted only a few minutes and I’m getting 1280×1024 and 1440×900 in twinview. thanks so much for posting

  2. YOu have to be kidding ?
    How is it ‘easy’, for a much applauded operating system, to force someone
    to drop the prompt and type something !

    You have to be kidding me with this weirdness

    Is it that hard in ubuntu too ?

    Thats just nuts.

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