I have a suggestion for Optimus-powered systems.
Most (all?) of these systems are a combination of Intel Sandybridge and NVidia GPUs. The Intel one is used by default. Using bumblebee, a special command can be used to launch the game through the NVidia GPU (optirun or primusrun
), which generally yields better performance and compatibility (especially with primusrun) than Intel's internal.
Now, games running in Steam seem to never try to launch with bumblebee, even if Steam itself was launched with it. Which results in people having to enter commands in the terminal
instead of being able to just select the game inside Steam.
So I was wondering if some integration with bumblebee could happen. Perhaps autodetect whether it is installed; suggest to install it; decide whether to use optirun or primusrun, and which games will benefit from using the NVidia GPU. I think it will save a lot of users who just want to play a lot of hassle.
For those who don't know about Primus (I didn't know until today!), see this
. It really is a whole lot better than optirun.