If working with an Nvidia graphics card or chipset wasn’t difficult enough on Linux (thanks for the horrible support, Nvidia,) there is the issue of working with Nvidia Optimus.
If you’re one of the people with a laptop touting the merits of Nvidia Optimus with a shiny sticker to prove it on the armrest, and haven’t heard of the Bumble-bee Project, you don’t know what you’re missing!
Or maybe you DID hear about it, like I did a year or so ago. But then you tried to further look into it and the fact that it somewhere down the road the project got divided into another side project, and the documentation wasn’t so great, and the installation itself wasn’t exactly an easy thing, you just decided it wasn’t worth the time.
Well, it’s time to reconsider the Bumble-bee Project, because with their latest release (3.0) things have never been as easy.
Not only does Bumblebee give you the option of configuring and switching between your Intel and Nvidia chipset, it also installs the Nvidia drivers for you.
I’m not going to waste anymore time, let’s get our hands dirty, shall we?
Add the repository
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bumblebee/stable
sudo apt-get update
Install Bumblebee and Nvidia drivers
sudo apt-get install bumblebee bumblebee-nvidia
Restart your computer!
There we have it, yo. More information on their website, as always. Enjoy!