Linux Mint Device Driver Manager: An Alternative To Ubuntu Additional Drivers

As we all know, Ubuntu Additional drivers provides third party hardware drivers, such as  nVidia, ATI, Broadcom etc. It does the job very well and i couldn’t find any issues with it. Now there is another alternative solution called Device Driver Manager (DDM) which is developed by Linux Mint team and it’s included from Linux Mint 15 and higher.

Linux Mint DDM relies on the same Ubuntu backend and works the same way as software-properties-gtk. It is an independent application, separate from “Software Sources” and which you can launch straight from the menu. The drivers are listed by package name, and their version are clearly stated. Devices from popular brands (nVidia, ATI, Broadcom, Samsung…) are illustrated with an icon.

Install Linux Mint DDM On Ubuntu 13.04 and Higher

Download the latest version from here.

Or you download and install it directly from Terminal with commands:

$ wget
$ sudo dpkg -i ddm_0.5.4_all.deb

Install DDM using PPA

Add Driver Manager PPA with command:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/mint

Update package list with command:

$ sudo apt-get update

And install it as shown below.

$ sudo apt-get install mintdrivers

Launch DDM

Open it up either from Menu or Dash.

Initially it will scan all your devices for any driver installation or driver updates.

This is how Device Driver Manager looks on my Ubuntu 13.04 desktop.

Device Driver Manager_001Since my system doesn’t has any property drivers, it shows nothing along with my integrated devices.

Have a good day!