I now own a sort-of high-end laptop, which I mainly use for gaming (On my Windows partition, that is
). The Specs are as follows:
- Intel Core i5 4200M 2.5GHz (3.1GHz on Turbo-Boost) CPU
- 8GB Corsair Vengeance (2x4GB) RAM Modules
- NVidia GeForce 750M 2GB Dedicated GPU
- Standard Intel HD-4600 Integrated Graphics
- 1TB Standard S-ATA Seagate HDD
A while back I partitioned my HD to istall Linux along with my running Windows 8.1, which I would use mainly for programming and software development. The thing is, I have this gear with considerable graphics processing power, and since I'd spend so much time on Linux, I'd like to be able to use my system to the extent of it's capabilities while on it, with a good-looking desktop environment, and maybe even do some gaming.
From what I've learned, my system apparently uses this Optimus-like technology to manage graphics processing between the dedicated and integrated hardware. So I started on Ubuntu and kept bouncing around distros, searching for one that would properly identify and create the necessary hardware associations so I could install a proper driver and use the gear. Debian based distros where of no help, with their generally old kernel versions. Finally I decided I could be more bold, and tried an Arch-based Spinoff. I'm currently using Antergos with Cinnamon desktop GUI.
I have to say I loved Arch. The thing is, the Spinoff is full of bloatware and came with configs and hardware associations that just don't fit my system. So I stopped for a while, and decided to read about the Arch way of things. Keep in mind that I'm no Linux expert
, even though I learned enough to feel not-so-uncomfortable outside a Debian based environment. How hard can it be if you're willing to learn, right ? Anyways, I feel up to installing Arch from scratch, or at least using Archbang.
Will I be able to establish proper hardware associations with this gear and abuse the full system capabilities using a proper Arch build ? What about Archbang ? I believe in the performance and elegance of an Arch build, I just want some opinion and maybe guidance from someone who knows more than I do, which is not a high standard really.
Thanks in advance.