Installing nVidia Drivers on LMDE

The Why

I’m running Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE), and I needed to install the nvidia drivers in order to develop WebGL applications. Without the nvidia drivers, the display was a little laggy, but fast enough. Not being able to run WebGL, however, was kind of a show stopper.

So I did a bunch of research. There’s a lot of information out there, and only some of it is contradictory, but it’s all confusing. Everything seemed tailored for either Linux Mint or Debian, not LMDE. And there are also a lot of warnings about systems that don’t boot after rejecting the new drivers. All of this lead to a few hours of hand-wringing before I took the plunge.

Turns out it’s really easy. Continue reading →