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This is a past revision of GoNvidia made by slam on 2011-02-19 17:13:54

As most people with Nvidia cards are probably not aware of, the new free and open source driver Nouveau is already enabled in Aptosid kernels, and does work well for most cards and use cases (3d support still experimental, though). So, it's time to finally get rid of the closed source, legally questionable malware blob, and potentially problematic 3rd party repositories. Here is how to do that:

In KDE System Settings turn all desktop effects off. Remove all 3rd party repositories from /etc/apt/sources.list.d/. Remove all traces of nvidia in: /etc/default/dmakms, /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/ and /usr/src/.

WARNING: Your milage may vary a lot if you ever have used the installer from Nvidia (the .run file) or other 3rd party scripts/packages, instead of proper Debian packages!

init 3
apt-get purge ^nvidia* ^libnividia* xserver-xorg-video-nv
apt-get update && apt-get dist-upgrade
apt-get install --reinstall xserver-xorg-video-nouveau

Reboot. You are using the free open source Nouveau driver now. Please feel free to add more tips to this HowTo?.