This is my first post on this forum, and I may come back more often that what one would, given my small practice of linux' internal & configuration.
I ask myself the same question, do I have to switch to nVidia? The last time I've tried was with an OpenSuse distribution, and after my attempt to install the driver, the system has never restarted (at least the Windowing environment, but I was completely lost!). Now I've installed Mint 16, which is nice and easy to use, I don't want to make the same mistake.
Is my nouveau driver working fine? Well, I don't know. For sure the standard application are working fine, but I'll soon use an application that will use OpenCL, and don't know if nouveau handle OpenCL for my GeForce GT 630M ? I have an Asus laptop (1 y.o.) with this card installed, and an i7 processor which embed an intel gfx chipset too, as you know.
I think that the hardware acceleration is not used because I've installed Lightworks (NLE video editor), which import motion jpeg video but can't display them correctly (sound ok but garbage video), while VLC can display them correctly, maybe with software rendering?
So, first question: how can one know the list of hardware acceleration that the driver actually supports and use?
Second one : can a Linux's noob* install such driver (i.e. nVidia + bumblebee IIRC) without much chance to f*ck up the system?
* noob for linux system administration only, I have background on C++ coding and Win7 administration.