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When will Ubuntu (or a Linux kernel) have native nvidia Optimus support? Estimates? Weeks/months/years?

"native nvidia optimus support" as in when I run a graphically-demanding application, my nvidia graphics card will automatically kick in (like in Windows). Or at least a way that I could click some button to turn my GPU on for when I want to run any game***

I heard somewhere that Manjaro allegedly had native optimus support; is this true? If so, is there a way to implement this in Ubuntu?

I'm running Bumblebee right now, yes I know what it is and what it does, but it's extremely impractical. I can't game on Linux with this. You have to start applications via command line/terminal, and usually most modern games aren't just one function (ie: when you call on the "game", it's really just a loader/splash screen, that calls upon other functions; and when the secondary functions are called, they're not optirun'ed)*

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Read this article here: webupd8.org/2013/08/using-nvidia-graphics-drivers-with.html . I'm not add this as an answer because I don't have optimus to test it(for 100% results) –  NikTh Oct 22 '13 at 22:41
You could edit your launchers instead of needing to use the command line. That way you're only dealing with the problem once for each game. –  Oli Oct 22 '13 at 23:21
Yep, I edit my launchers. You can either edit *.desktop files or launch options if playing from Steam. –  Sparhawk Oct 25 '13 at 2:41

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check out this post.

i don't know about "native" support but there's already some drivers that support Nvidia Optimus.


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