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Does Bumblebee ( work with AMD Radeon HD/Intel cards or just with nVidia/Intel cards? Should I always run applications using optirun before the command name? Thanks.

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The official AMD fglrx driver has some support for hybrid graphics itself; there's less need for Bumblebee and solutions like that.

Of course, this doesn't work on the AMD/Intel hybrid system I have, so I'm not sure quite how good the support is. ☺

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It does? Which AMD driver version has this support? I've given up hope already. Although that was more than a year ago when I was still using 11.04/11.10 and I regretted so much why I bought a laptop with a stupid AMD hybrid graphics. – Marky Feb 12 '13 at 16:10

Currently, Bumblebee supports NVIDIA hardware only, but the Bumblebee Project team is investigating options for AMD Switchable Graphics Technology which can be tracked in issue 52 on Bumblebee-Project/Bumblebee.

As far as I know, the fglrx driver already supports hybrid graphics as was mentioned in The radeon driver does not have this option, but may be supported by Bumblebee in the future.

As for your second question, commands must be preceeded with optirun only if you want to run it with the discrete video card, e.g. optirun firefox. It will obviously not work until support for AMD hardware is implemented in Bumblebee.

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As you can see from the very first stuff you read from the Site.

[...]nVidia Optimus support for Linux[...]

Bumblebee aims to provide support for nVidia Optimus laptops for GNU/Linux distributions. Using Bumblebee, you can use your nVidia card for rendering graphics which will be displayed using the Intel card.

So no, it's for Optimus enabled laptops Only.

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