Intel’s handy GPU driver installer for Linux has been updated to support Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.
The tool aims to simplify both installation and updating of drivers for Intel’s graphics cards so that users are able to get the best performance out of their hardware and stay “up-to-date with the latest Intel Graphics Stack for Linux”.
But while Ubuntu 14.04 LTS 64-bit and 32-bit get the official nod, along with Fedora 20, the update sees support for earlier versions retired.
Those still sticking with the Saucy Salamander should be aware that Ubuntu 13.10 support has been deprecated as of this release. While the tool can still be used to install drivers on a deprecated release it won’t offer up the most recent graphics stack.
Accordingly, Ubuntu 13.04 (aka Raring Ringtail) moves from ‘deprecated’ status to ‘dropped’.
Intel “strongly encourages” users to make use of their tool on the latest supported releases. In this case, that’s Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.
Support changes aside there is little difference between 1.0.5 of the installation wizard and the version released in March.
Download Intel’s Driver Update Tool
The installer does not support the Ubuntu Linux low-latency kernel nor does it provide binary drivers for the Intel GMA 3600 (bundled with Intel’s Atom N2600 and N2800 chipsets).
Debian installers can be downloaded directly from the Intel Open Technology Centre website, linked below.
Some users have reported an issue with the URL of the repository the installer adds to your system.To fix it see this AskUbuntu article.