anandrkris wrote:Can Mint alert or warn users that Optimus is not offically supported yet and bumblee could be tried?
If you follow Phoronix you'll know the whole situation. In short:
Linus (head honcho of the Linux kernel) wants Nvidia to push out Optimus stuff now.
Nvidia wants to push out Optimus stuff as well to, by using a new feature to communicate between it and the Intel drivers called DMA-BUF. The guys behind Xorg also support it (since they wrote it).
However, DMA-BUF got slapped with a "GPL-Only" flag. Nvidia drivers aren't GPL'ed, causing a problem.
Nvidia's trying (and asking nicely) to get that flag dropped. Some die-hards in the Linux kernel dev space (most notably Alan Cox) say "NO! AND YOU CAN'T MAKE ME, MY LAWYER SAYS SO!"
There's three ways of fixing this:
1. Nvidia needs to GPL or shim their drivers.
2. The die-hards need to change their minds about binary-only drivers, probably in the face of user backlash. (I'm very tempted to go up to Alan Cox with my laptop and say "HERE! Optimus is broken in Linux, and it's your fault! You got five minutes to fix it, I got a TF2 tournament that's about to start!")
3. We sue, and the whole thing takes another decade to resolve (the Nuclear option).
Ether way, it's not happening soon.
The developers of the Nouveau driver don't receive any support from NVIDIA and use reverse engineering techniques to obtain the information they need to program their driver. here
lspci | grep VGA
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