Using Nvidia Graphics Drivers With Initial Optimus Support In Ubuntu 13.10 Got Easier With Nvidia-Prime

As you probably know, the Nvidia graphics drivers have received initial Optimus support a while back. Currently, the Nvidia GPU can be used to render the desktop, but there’s no power saving yet. That means you can for instance play games or watch videos using hardware acceleration.But to be able to take advantage of this feature in the latest Nvidia drivers, you need up-to-date dependencies (such as Randr 1.4, Xorg 1.13 – that’s what the initial Nvidia release notes mention, but it seems you actually need 1.14 -, Linux Kernel 3.9 with some special flags enabled), as well as a custom xorg.conf file and some other bits.That means that out of the box, the only Ubuntu version that can use this initial Optimus support in the Nvidia graphics drivers is Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander, but even in Saucy, you need to configure quite a few things to get it to work.If you’re using Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander, things got a lot easier and you don’t need to configure anything to be able to take advantage of this Optimus feature in the Nvidia graphics drivers 319.12+: a package called “nvidia-prime”, which comes with a set of tools that enable Nvidia’s

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