I've been trying to wait patiently for a while. I want to use Linux a lot, but I don't want to get slower graphics. I paid extra for my graphics card, so I want to get as much gusto as I can. Thanks! I know there's project Bumblebee, but that's still incredibly slower than Windows.


It seems that finally nVidia has decided to offer support for Optimus on Linux. The official driver supports hybrid graphics in Linux in their latest driver release (beta version 319.12). Read the full release notes here.

Sources: webupd8 , phoronix , nvidia documentation

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  • Except that... it isn't mentioned in the release notes. – gertvdijk Apr 12 '13 at 11:41
  • @gertvdijk thanks for pointing that out. Added news sources, which are more informative – AIB Apr 12 '13 at 14:27

You could ask this question at nvidia.com

I guess they blushed because they have overseen to reconfigure xorg.conf - file (old mistake) which made trouble.

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The new version of bumblebee comes with a new primus system with better performance than optirun:


There are still issues to work out, like what David Airlie calls "reverse optimus" to make HDMI and other video outputs work straight from the nVidia card: http://airlied.livejournal.com/76723.html

Please join this team if you are new by clicking on the "Join Team" link at the right of the Launchpad page. It's important to have as many users in the community as possible to request for appropriate support, even if you found a non-obvious way to make it work for you.

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