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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. 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: Bumblebee-Project.


What it does - and does not

Currently, Ubuntu and Arch Linux is supported by the installer. Work is in progress to support Fedora, Debian and OpenSUSE.

Arch Linux and Gentoo are support by:

Power management has temporary been disabled, but will be re-added later.

Installing it

git clone git@github.com:Bumblebee-Project/Bumblebee.git
cd Bumblebee
sudo ./cleanup
sudo ./install</pre>

Installing on Ubuntu

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:

wget https://raw.github.com/Bumblebee-Project/Bumblebee/master/cleanup
chmod +x cleanup
sudo ./cleanup

The nvidia drivers supplied with Natty and before may not support your graphics card. Therefore, add the PPA containing more recent drivers:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-x-swat/x-updates

Next, add the Bumblebee PPA:

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

Testing it

You can compare display performances with and without bumblebee :

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:

vblank_mode=0 glxgears

Configure it

On versions prior to 2.3, you had to run bumblebee-configuration to configure Bumblebee. Newer versions automatically detect the right version for you.

Uninstall it

If you're really using an old version (from MrMEEE, versions prior to 2.3):

wget https://raw.github.com/Bumblebee-Project/Bumblebee/master/cleanup
chmod +x cleanup
sudo ./cleanup

In other cases, you need to run the following to uninstall Bumblebee:


If you're using Ubuntu and have installed Bumblebee through the PPA, you can remove it with:

sudo apt-get remove bumblebee

Reporting bugs

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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