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    Nvidia Mobile Drivers ~ No Linux Support

    My company just ordered a laptop with a 640 M in it. Unfortunately, the linux driver doesn't detect the card. We found this webpage: http://techies.ncsu.edu/wiki/bumblebee-nvidia

    The page states that Nvidia cards with Optimus technology don't work under Linux. This is a major problem. Has Nvidia stopped supporting the Linux community?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ViolentHamster View Post
    Has Nvidia stopped supporting the Linux community?
    Seems a bit of an overreaction, don't you think?

    It's actually quite the opposite. See http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...tem&px=MTE3MzY

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    Bumblebee works quite well. However, you loose performance because you have to copy final images between seperate X servers, the one rendering with the Intel GPU's running and the one rendering with the NVIDIA GPU. This copy process eats up a lot of performance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mhagain View Post
    Seems a bit of an overreaction, don't you think?

    It's actually quite the opposite. See http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...tem&px=MTE3MzY
    Ummm. No, I don't think that's an overreaction. The fact is that there is no satisfactory working solution and this point in time. Linus was justified in his response to Nvidia. That article was misleading. "I can't promise that we're going to officially support this stuff." --Aaron Plattner

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    Well questioning if NVIDIA are stopping to support the Linux community on account of one class of hardware on one class of machine, hardware that is known to be singularly complex and that has dependencies on a second GPU as well as a second set of drivers from another manufacturer, as well as the ability of the OS to be able to switch GPUs at runtime (in other words the whole thing is incredibly non-trivial), does seem to be over-doing it a little to me.

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    LOL. Do you have NVidia stock? It's not "one class of hardware on one class of machine". It's pretty much all laptops with recent Nvidia GPUs in them. Maybe if you researched it a little more, you would realize how big of a problem it is.

    It's so hard they could only figure it out on Windows? Give me a break.

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    Do you have NVidia stock?
    Right, because disagreeing with someone's opinion and taking up someone's side means that you're a corporate shill.



    It's pretty much all laptops with recent Nvidia GPUs in them.
    All Optimus laptops that happen to be running Linux. What is that, maybe 2-3% of their entire customer base? It's probably only 15% at most of their Linux customer base. So it's pretty hyperbolic to say that their lack of support for Optimus on Linux means that they don't support Linux at all.

    Plus, there's the fact that they are now fixing the problem. Thus making your statement more wrong. There is a difference between "not supporting" and "not our highest priority." Linux generally is not the latter. For anyone.

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