Intel Releases a GUI Tool for Installing & Updating GPU Drivers in GNU/Linux!

‘Intel’ has invested a lot into open-source projects and has been interested/involved in open-source software for a long time, especially concerning their GPU products. For example, unlike with AMD and Nvidia, Intel releases their GPU drivers (most of them) under open-source licenses.

They have also designed the ‘VA API’ (open-source licensed), a software protocol system that enables GPU accelerated video processing and it’s being used not only by ‘Intel’, but also by AMD & Nvidia too.

Intel GPU drivers are also easy to obtain as since they are open-source, almost all GNU/Linux distributions include them by default. Now, they are no where near the quality that AMD/ATI or Nvidia chips deliver, still, recent Intel GPU products such as HD 3000/4000 deliver decent performance.

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Anyhow, the thing is, whenever Intel releases a new GPU driver, GNU/Linux distributions take their time to adapt them into their repositories and thus, most of the time, you won’t be able to get the newly released GPU drivers while they’re ‘hot’ ;-).

This however, is no longer the case (at least for some distributions) as ‘Intel’ has released a GUI tool called ‘Intel Linux Graphics Installer’ that lets you install updates by just push of a button!.

Currently, prebuilt packages for Ubuntu (12.04 LTS & 12.10) & Fedora (17 & 18) exist. I installed it on Ubuntu 12.10 64-bit without any issues and successfully installed the updates. And I don’t think anyone needs a ‘how to’ for using it as it uses a wizard type approach and is extremely user friendly.

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Update: As good as all this sounds, because this tool installs the latest GPU drivers from ‘Intel’, they might contain bugs and might break your system. I have not encountered any major issue, except, whenever taking screenshots, now Ubuntu only captures a blank screen. So please keep that in mind.

Installing on Ubuntu 12.10 & 12.04 LTS …

Step 1:

Open your Terminal window and enter the below command.

wget --no-check-certificate https://download.01.org/gfx/RPM-GPG-KEY-ilg -O - | sudo apt-key add -

Step 2:

Then go to this page and download the proper package (supports both 32-bit & 64-bit architectures. This page also holds packages and instructions on how to install it on Fedora as well).

Step 3:

Once the download completes, double click on it and Ubuntu Software Center should will install it. It might give you a warning saying that the ‘packages is of bad quality …’ and you’ll have to click on the ‘Ignore and install’ button to carry out the installation.

Once installed, search for ‘intel’ on the ‘Dash’ in Unity desktop to open the installer wizard. Then follow the on-screen details for updating the GPU drivers (if drivers were successfully installed, you’ll be asked to reboot the computer for the changes to apply).

Credits: Thanks ‘Andrei’ at ‘Web Upd8’ for the news.

An RHCE, 'Linux' user with 14+ years of experience. Extreme lover of Linux and FOSS. He is passionate to test every Linux distribution & compare with the previous release to write in-depth articles to help the FOSS community.

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