[clug] Modern laptops, nVidia, Optimus and Linux

Sam Couter sam at couter.id.au
Wed May 4 07:29:36 MDT 2011

Has anyone bought a new laptop recently to run Linux on with half-decent
3D performance?

I'm looking for a new laptop. I almost ordered one until I accidentally
discovered the nVidia hardware on it has something called Optimus. It's
a fancy way of dynamically switching between low-power integrated
graphics and high-power nVidia discrete graphics based on load, to
extend battery life. Under Linux it just means you're stuck with
crap integrated graphics and can't use the expensive nVidia graphics.
nVidia haven't announced any plans to support the technology under

I haven't been able to find many alternatives in my price range (around
$2k or less). It seems nVidia have decided to shit on Linux users when it
comes to mobile computing. Oh look, they're losing market share at a
large rate, so sad:


Laptop Linux users, help me out. Point me in the direction of hardware I
can use.
Sam Couter         |  mailto:sam at couter.id.au
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