- Nick Congleton
IntroductionNVIDIA graphics cards have long been the favorite for Linux gamers.
Their proprietary drivers have been very well supported for the last few years, and they continue to be.
The open source Nouveau drivers have been far less reliable, mostly due to NVIDIA's refusal to work with the open source community.
Either way, though, the drivers are available to install on Debian Stretch.
To install Nvidia driver on other Linux distributions, follow our Nvidia Linux Driver guide.
Open SourceFor the most part, when you install Debian Stretch, the Nouveau drivers will also be installed.
However, one exception here is the firmware blobs needed for the drivers to reach their full potential.
Before you continue, you should make sure that your graphics card is supported by Nouveau.
Since the Nouveau driver has to be reverse engineered, it tends to lag behind graphics card releases.
You can check your card's support at