Updating device drivers with ubuntu
The latest versions of Ubuntu may include fresher drivers, but not necessarily the most recent ones.
You can install the most recent drivers yourself, but be careful: you may run into issues if you do this.
The NVIDIA binary driver seems to be very weak at reliably probing this information from the monitor and relies on additional information in If you have problems with low resolution icons, shortcuts and menus placed strangely, and especially desktop size not matching your monitor, this may be due to a bug with multiple monitor setup.
If you've previously setup a second monitor and have it plugged in but not turned on, Ubuntu/Xubuntu may be counfounded by this.
You can read more about Ubuntu's philosophical approach to free and non-free (think freedom, not cost) software and firmware in Mark Shuttleworth's blog.
Mark Shuttleworth is Ubuntu's founder and currently its primary funder.
More games support Linux than ever, thanks to Steam for Linux.
See also the comprehensive explanations of commands for troubleshooting your wireless.By default Ubuntu will use the open source video driver Nouveau for your NVIDIA graphics card.