Nvidia drivers arent installing on pureos


Please help. Can’t install 1070 drivers. Its being stupid and I’m being blind.


We’re blind if you don’t give us information about what’s going on when you install it, anyways, the nvidia free driver works proper bad, and the propietary isn’t in PureOS repositories.


I think I’m just going to give up on pureOS. I’ve tried searching on their software store but like you said no propriatary and I downloaded driver for my gpu online from nvidia but am getting X server error.


I know people are quick to point out the proprietary stuff just isn’t baked into PureOS at all, and this is by design.

That being said, because it is a Debian distro you can modify it however you want. The real problem is that figuring out what repo names are and how to add them to your software list are not the easiest things to do in Linux world.

What I’m trying to say is that you can enable all kind of proprietary software via repos. In most cases your first step should be enabling the debian proprietary distro. Search the forums here, as I think someone talked about it and have the actual address / commands to add it.

This is probably one of my biggest gripes with Linux in general. It is severely disjointed. There are a lot of competing agendas across the play field and a lot of incomplete documentation.

My advice is, if you want to use propreitary software, don’t start by using an OS specifically designed NOT to use it. Try Ubuntu, Fedora, Elementary, etc. These will all work with your stuff in many cases right out of the box.


I believe PureOS uses Wayland by default, not Xorg. Thus, the X server errors. When you login, I believe you can click the gear icon to change to Xorg if you wish.

That said, I have had a pretty miserable experience with Nvidia drivers no matter what distro. Nvidia just doesn’t care about Linux and have no interest in ensuring their devices work well on it.

Edit: To follow up on @2disbetter’s point, I wouldn’t recommend PureOS on anything other than Librem hardware, really (or maybe old Thinkpads). Purism went out of their way to choose hardware that worked with free software. Most hardware doesn’t meet this criterion, and so trying to run PureOS on most hardware is just not going to be fun.


Already have a good OS running but was interested in pureOS and I dislike propriatary but unlike some, I will take it if it neans my conputer can work. I like all is open source but I also need a functioning OS.


I was considering their laptops but the GPU seemed very weak while the rest of the specs were good. Also, I need desktop. I have a laptop but always prefer desktop. I’m not exactly rolling in cash so I think I might setup a trade with my 1070 for a rx580 but not certain if they really want to accept as they use qubes as their main driver.


you can point your middle finger at the nVidia gods for their driver embargo … and go for something more last gen in terms of AMD dGPU like an > https://www.amd.com/en/products/graphics/radeon-rx-vega-56


The new Navi series are excellent, I’d look at the 5600XT or similar, rather than a R56 or rx580 or similar.

As for what distro to use, I found LinuxMint (Debian) about the best polished, newbie friendly choice. Like PureOS, it mirrors Debian upstream, but doesn’t cut out the non-free repos. It also is a bit easier to install, and slightly more stable than Debian testing (while having more recent packages than Debian stable).


If you insist on open source and purity - and these are good things to want - then your nVidia experience may well be unpleasant.

I have a laptop with an nVidia graphics card, running Ubuntu, and using the proprietary driver - and it is stable and functions correctly - and has done for many years through many updates and version changes. Maybe that is an option that would work better for @user1.

As other people have commented, it doesn’t really make a lot of sense to choose a specialist distro that intentionally excludes closed source software, and thereby hardware that requires closed source software, and then install an nVidia graphics card.

In my own experience, if you want purity then the Intel integrated graphics work pretty well and that is reflected in Purism’s current offerings. So you wouldn’t look beyond that unless you really need graphics grunt.

The only problem I had with nVidia graphics + Ubuntu is that on Ubuntu version changes (e.g. 18.04 to 18.10 or 18.10 to 19.04) it will seemingly drop the proprietary driver (and revert to a default driver) - and so it helps if you know how to reinstate the proprietary driver from the command line. If that bugs you, you can limit Ubuntu version changes to once every 2 years i.e. only use the LTS versions. But then it will be self-fulfilling that you will forget how to reinstate the proprietary driver. :slight_smile: