Bumblebee 3.2.1 Released for NVIDIA Support in Linux

Recent notebooks/laptops with  i3/i5/i7 processor and with a discrete nVidia graphics card use the nVidia Optimus technology to improve battery life. As it stands, nVidia Optimus technology is only available in Windows 7 and later and not for Linux OS.

Blumblebee is the alternative solution to nVidia Optimus for Linux machines, which allows you to disable the discrete card if unused and run programs on it if requested.

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The most important new feature is automatic power management support. Since Bumblebee 3.0 “Tumbleweed”, you’ve got Power Management working out of the box, without any manual configuration needed. Details of more changes can be found at http://bumblebee-project.org/release-notes-3.0

Install Bumblebee

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bumblebee/stable
sudo apt-get update

– Install Bumblebee using the default proprietary nvidia driver

For 12.04 – 13.04

sudo apt-get install bumblebee bumblebee-nvidia virtualgl linux-headers-generic

For 13.10

sudo apt-get install bumblebee bumblebee-nvidia primus linux-headers-generic

– Reboot

Install Bumblebee Configurator GUI

Bumblebee Configurator GUI is an application which allows you to make changes to Bumblebee settings and automagically restart it, without touching a terminal

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:alessandrofac93/bumblebee-config-gtk-dev
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install bumblebee-config-gui


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