Yesterday, I was very excited about initial support for optimus using
nvidia-prime package on Ubuntu 13.10. It seemed to be the way to replace my bumblebee + hybrid-screenclone configuration, since there is no patch available for the intel video driver that ships with Ubuntu 13.10. After hours of trials and errors, I only got a system where external and LCD displays randomly works or not, LCD screen flickers, window decorations are broken, and display randomly freeze. Not really usable so far...
But now my question is: even if nvidia-prime was working as expected, why would I want to use it? The reason optimus is there is to allow switching off discrete card when I don't need it, to save on battery power. But with nvidia-prime, it seems discrete card is always powered. Why someone would want to use an unstable optimus support that doesn't save power?
The conclusion: if I need to save batteries and I don't need external display, I just need to boot with display adapter set to
integrated in the BIOS. If I need external display and I'm connected on sector, I just need to boot with
discrete display adapter. And if I need to boot in Windows, I just need to put back the display adapter setting to