Ubuntu users with laptops housing NVIDIAâ€™s â€œOptimusâ€ technology, which allows Windows users to switch between Intel integrated graphics and NVIDIAâ€™s own graphics chips as and when needed, may be interested to learn of a new open-source tool which aims to enable the feature on Linux.
Called â€˜Bumblebeeâ€˜, the tool gives users the ability to â€˜shut downâ€™ the NVIDIA graphics card when not required and use the integrated graphics â€“ ideal for word processing and basic web-browsing where long battery life is a boon; it can switch back to dedicated graphics when you need some GPU grunt and â€“ rather impressively â€“ it can use both cards at the same time so that each GPU handles a different task.
No auto-switching. Yet.
The â€˜automatic graphics switchingâ€™ feature, which can intelligently use the appropriate graphics source depending on the application in use, isnâ€™t available yet for Linux.
More information, along with details on how to get the very-much-in-development utility can be found @ github.com/MrMEEE/bumblebee
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