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Bumblebee allows you to run specific programs on the discrete graphic card, inside of an X session using the integrated graphic card.
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[http://www.martin-juhl.dk/ Martin Juhl] started with the project and published under GPL v3. To improve co-operation, some developers decided to fork the project into a team: [https://github.com/Bumblebee-Project/Bumblebee Bumblebee-Project].
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===What it does - and does not===
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Currently, Ubuntu and Arch Linux is supported by the installer. Work is in progress to support Fedora, Debian and OpenSUSE.
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Arch Linux and Gentoo are support by:
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* Arch Linux - ArchWiki: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Bumblebee
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* Gentoo - Iegor: https://github.com/iegor/bumblebee-Gentoo-support
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Power management [https://github.com/Bumblebee-Project/Bumblebee/wiki/ACPI-Removed has temporary been disabled], but will be re-added later.
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===Installing it===
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git clone git@github.com:Bumblebee-Project/Bumblebee.git
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cd Bumblebee
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sudo ./cleanup
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sudo ./install</pre>
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====Installing on Ubuntu====
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If you're using Ubuntu, you can install Bumblebee from a PPA. If you've installed versions before 2.3 from ppa:mj-casalogic/bumblebee or MrMEEE/bumblebee, you've to run the cleanup script first:
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wget https://raw.github.com/Bumblebee-Project/Bumblebee/master/cleanup
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chmod +x cleanup
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sudo ./cleanup
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The nvidia drivers supplied with Natty and before may not support your graphics card. Therefore, add the PPA containing more recent drivers:
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sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-x-swat/x-updates
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Next, add the Bumblebee PPA:
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sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bumblebee/stable
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sudo apt-get update
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sudo apt-get install bumblebee
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===Testing it===
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You can compare display performances with and without bumblebee :
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<pre>glxgears
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optirun glxgears</pre>
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Note: when running just glxgears, if you see this message:
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<pre>Running synchronized to the vertical refresh.  The framerate should be
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approximately the same as the monitor refresh rate.</pre>
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The FPS value will always be close to 60.  Instead you should do:
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<pre>vblank_mode=0 glxgears</pre>
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===Configure it===
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On versions prior to 2.3, you had to run <tt>bumblebee-configuration</tt> to configure Bumblebee. Newer versions automatically detect the right version for you.
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===Uninstall it===
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If you're really using an old version (from MrMEEE, versions prior to 2.3):
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wget https://raw.github.com/Bumblebee-Project/Bumblebee/master/cleanup
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chmod +x cleanup
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sudo ./cleanup
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In other cases, you need to run the following to uninstall Bumblebee:
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bumblebee-uninstall
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If you're using Ubuntu and have installed Bumblebee through the PPA, you can remove it with:
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sudo apt-get remove bumblebee
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===Reporting bugs===
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Run '''bumblebee-bugreport''' and follow the instructions, bugs or feature requests can be reported at https://github.com/Bumblebee-Project/Bumblebee/issues.
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==External Links==
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* [https://lists.launchpad.net/hybrid-graphics-linux/msg01607.html 10 questions and answers on Bumblebee]
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* [https://github.com/Bumblebee-Project/Bumblebee/wiki Bumblebee Project's Wiki]
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* [https://github.com/Bumblebee-Project/Bumblebee/blob/master/README Read me file]
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* [https://twitter.com/Team_Bumblebee Bumblebee updates on Twitter]
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