[conspire] (forw) Re: Question regarding the install of linux distribution with an Optimus GeForce graphic card
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Thu Aug 11 09:32:35 PDT 2016
The Bumblebee project appears to provide good support for Optimus under
fedora: https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Bumblebee with various options
available from the Bumblebee repository.
While not Optimus, on my primary desktop, I use the binary nvidia drivers
repackaged by rpmfusion and they have always been rock solid and the latest
version. The packaging done by rpmfusion ensures that everything is kept
in sync as opposed to downloading and installing the driver directly from
nvidia and using an install shell script. Bumblebee appears to provide the
same convenience for Optimus.
If you want to bring your own fedora image on usb key or dvd, you can
either get the generic desktop at:
or a specific desktop spin, if you have a preference, at
I will be at Rick's on Saturday and have done many fedora installs
including on my new Lenovo laptop which dual-boots windows 10 and fedora
24. Should you also want to dual-boot, a gparted usb key or cd/dvd would
also be useful to have with you to resize existing partitions.
On Thu, Aug 11, 2016 at 4:40 AM, Rick Moen <rick at linuxmafia.com> wrote:
> ----- Forwarded message from Nicolas Bachelard <
> nicolas.bachelard at gmail.com> -----
> Date: Tue, 9 Aug 2016 09:43:45 -0700
> From: Nicolas Bachelard <nicolas.bachelard at gmail.com>
> To: installers at linuxmafia.com
> Subject: Question regarding the install of linux distribution with an
> GeForce graphic card
> Dear CABAL team,
> I am a linux user who recently purchased a computer with a Optimus based
> graphic card.
> I am willing to install a Fedora distribution or any other linux
> distribution, but unfortunately I am not skillful enough to get it done.
> I wonder if I could join your install party in Menlo park this Saturday and
> if one of you have knowledge is this type of issues?
> Best regards
> Nicolas Bachelard, PhD
> NSF Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center (NSEC),
> University of California, Berkeley 3112 Etcheverry Hall,
> UC Berkeley, California 94720, USA
> ----- End forwarded message -----
> ----- Forwarded message from Rick Moen <rick at linuxmafia.com> -----
> Date: Thu, 11 Aug 2016 04:39:07 -0700
> From: Rick Moen <rick at linuxmafia.com>
> To: Nicolas Bachelard <nicolas.bachelard at gmail.com>
> Cc: installers at linuxmafia.com
> Subject: Re: Question regarding the install of linux distribution with an
> Optimus GeForce graphic card
> Reply-To: installers at linuxmafia.com
> Organization: If you lived here, you'd be $HOME already.
> Quoting Nicolas Bachelard (nicolas.bachelard at gmail.com):
> > Dear CABAL team,
> > I am a linux user who recently purchased a computer with a Optimus
> > based graphic card. I am willing to install a Fedora distribution or
> > any other linux distribution, but unfortunately I am not skillful
> > enough to get it done.
> > I wonder if I could join your install party in Menlo park this
> > Saturday and if one of you have knowledge is this type of issues?
> Sure, we'd be glad to help.
> 1. Are you bringing a copy of your desired Linux distribution, or would
> prefer for us to provide it? What distribution would you prefer?
> 2. Please provide us with the make/model of your computer. I ask in
> part because it's necessary to determine the specific Nvidia chipset:
> 'Optimus GeForce' is just a _family_ of GPU chips. Also, is this a
> desktop computer or a notebook computer?
> We'll need this information right away, in order to do timely research
> in advance of Saturday.
> This will be the first time we've encountered Nvidia Optimus graphics,
> so no, we don't have expertise with this, but it appears that the
> probable solution is to complete distro installation and then retrofit
> Nvidia's proprietary video software.
> Unfortunately, buying hardware using Nvidia graphics chips is pretty
> hostile to open source, and adds certain difficulties. There is
> preliminary open source support for the Nvidia Optimus GeForce family,
> been built almost entirely through reverse-engineering, but that would
> be less likely to work well at this time.
> ----- End forwarded message -----
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