Bumblebee allows you to run specific programs on the discrete graphic card, inside of an X session using the integrated graphic card.
It's written by Martin Juhl and published under GPL v3.
What it does - and does not
Actually only Ubuntu, Debian, OpenSuSE and Fedora is supported by this script, but Martin is working on to porting on other distros and make his script more distro-independent. For info about state of work in distro porting or to help in porting please see https://github.com/MrMEEE/bumblebee/issues/7
Arch and Gentoo are support by:
Arch Linux - ArchWiki: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Bumblebee
Gentoo - Iegor: https://github.com/iegor/bumblebee-Gentoo-support
Currently this application does shut down the nvidia card when not used, but only on Ubuntu.. Other distribution are in progress.. still balance the load between the two cards is missing..
The installer installs the closed-source nvidia driver.
git clone https://github.com/MrMEEE/bumblebee cd bumblebee sudo ./install.sh
Installing on Ubuntu
If you're using Ubuntu, you can install Bumblebee from a PPA. Make sure that you've removed previous versions and the x-swat PPA containing the latest nvidia driver:
sudo bumblebee-uninstall sudo apt-get install ppa-purge sudo ppa-purge ppa:ubuntu-x-swat/x-updates
Next, proceed with installing bumblebee from Martins PPA.
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:mj-casalogic/bumblebee sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install bumblebee
You can compare display performances with and without bumblebee :
glxgears optirun glxgears
Note: when running just glxgears, if you see this message:
Running synchronized to the vertical refresh. The framerate should be approximately the same as the monitor refresh rate.
The FPS value will always be close to 60. Instead you should do:
To Reconfigure bumblebee :
To uninstall or clean up ealier versions :
Use the bumblebee-bugreport script to create a nice bug report that you'll send here.