Will Cycles with Nvidia CUDA work on Ubuntu?

Has anyone tried to use Nvidia CUDA + Cycles on Ubuntu?

I have really fast computer that I want to put a graphics card in, but I use Ubuntu on all my machines, and I’m afraid that Ubuntu won’t support CUDA. I have had some driver problems with an older integrated nvidia gpu, so I’m a little wary of putting out $300+ for something that might not work. I don’t want to buy an expensive copy of Windows if I can help it; I only really have enough money for the graphics card.

Or should I just go with ATI and wait until Cycles gets OpenCL support?

Hi, i know fish builds and work with ubuntu and me with opensuse. You have to install closed source driver from nvidia and the nvidia toolkit for building the render kernel for cycles. In this builds the kernels are included. Cycles work without problems.

Cheers, mib.

Thanks :slight_smile: That’s what I wanted to hear!

You don’t really need to install the Nvidia Toolkit to run Cycles in Ubuntu with CUDA support. Closed source driver is all you need.

Os of this posting, I’m running Blender 2.61 (fish build) on Ubuntu 11.10 64 bit and CUDA is working flawlessly.