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s23
 Posted: Sep 10 2012, 04:33 PM
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Hello everyone, long time I not post here.

I'm looking for some feedback from you guys regarding a possible migration to my main OS to SL 6.3.

I own a Sager NP5160(Clevo W150HN), with optimus technology. Because of this, currently I'm using Ubuntu 12.04, since a ppa with a easy install setup is provided. Problem is that Unity is not much my kind and I think that using SL6 I will have more performance to play with Virtual machines.

Since my questions are:

1) How easy is to install Bumblebee from elrepo-testing? There is a how-to?

2) Searching in internet, I found this:
http://techies.ncsu.edu/wiki/bumblebee-nvidia
https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=827167

How the guy developing this discussed in RedHat, I imagine this is safe to install, but any of you guys have more information?

3) There is problems with all this new technologies present in newer notebooks with the "old" kernel version?

Hardware compatibilities with new printers, scanners and this kind of thing is ok?


Thanks in advance,

Best Regards,



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tux99
 Posted: Sep 10 2012, 05:07 PM
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QUOTE (s23 @ Sep 10 2012, 06:33 PM)

Hardware compatibilities with new printers, scanners and this kind of thing is ok?


It depends, SL6 itself (the base repos) is not great for brand new hardware but you can find updated packages for new hardware in third party repos (for example I have newer 'sane-backends' and 'hplip' packages in my backports repo for newer printers and scanners and Elrepo has loads of extra kernel modules for extra hardware support).

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s23
 Posted: Sep 11 2012, 01:55 PM
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Thank you Tux99, for the answer and for your work with the packages.

I will investigate a little more about bumblebee before taking a decision, since is something I really need to have configured because disabling the NVIDIA VGA almost double the notebook battery life.

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 Posted: Sep 11 2012, 02:24 PM
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QUOTE (s23 @ Sep 11 2012, 03:55 PM)

I will investigate a little more about bumblebee before taking a decision, since is something I really need to have configured because disabling the NVIDIA VGA almost double the notebook battery life.


I have no personal experience with the Elrepo bumblebee packages (as I don't have any appropriate hardware for it), but from what I have read here on this forum (or maybe it was on the Centos forum, can't remember but anyway SL or Centos is practically the same) and on the ELrepo ML it should work just the same on SL6 as on any other Linux distro.

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U308
 Posted: Dec 24 2012, 08:40 AM
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I am thinking of buying a notebook, but am now really depressed as most of them come with the 'M' designation. If this means bumblebee hazzle, Linux is slowly becoming unusable for the less well endowed as regards Linux know-how. We have secure boot, flashplayer no longer updated by Adobe, and now this.
It is important for me to get my work done, and unlike many, I am not into experimenting ad infinitum or playing games all the time.
I see there are some notebooks with eg. nvidia GT640 sans the dreaded 'M'. Are those cards in any way inferior to the 'M' crowd, or will they eventually be phased out ?
SL6.3 is the only 100% stable distro for me. The recent 'Buntus with the newer kernels all give me strange problems, like invalid login for the tty terminals, making them unusable. Also freezing randomly occurs in selecting menus etc.
It's the first time in nearly 5 years that I am thinking of going back to Windows. I just don't have the time or patience any more.


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tux99
 Posted: Dec 24 2012, 10:11 AM
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Just buy a notebook without Nvidia graphics, the integrated Intel graphics these days is more than fast enough if you don't play games.

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U308
 Posted: Dec 24 2012, 01:27 PM
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QUOTE (tux99 @ Dec 24 2012, 12:11 PM)
Just buy a notebook without Nvidia graphics, the integrated Intel graphics these days is more than fast enough if you don't play games.

Yes, I suppose that's what I will do, do you know whether a GT640 is in any way 'inferior' to a GT640M card ? Will the none M cards be discontinued ?

Anyway, I would like to thank you for the sterling support you are providing here. Please stick around, and a Merry Xmas to you tux99.
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tux99
 Posted: Dec 24 2012, 07:01 PM
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QUOTE (U308 @ Dec 24 2012, 03:27 PM)
QUOTE (tux99 @ Dec 24 2012, 12:11 PM)
Just buy a notebook without Nvidia graphics, the integrated Intel graphics these days is more than fast enough if you don't play games.

Yes, I suppose that's what I will do, do you know whether a GT640 is in any way 'inferior' to a GT640M card ? Will the none M cards be discontinued ?

AFAIK 'M' simply means mobile, as in the low power version for laptops. I can't imagine anyone sticking a desktop GT640 in a laptop, I'm sure it's also a GT640M they just forgot to add the M in the description.

QUOTE (U308 @ Dec 24 2012, 03:27 PM)
Anyway, I would like to thank you for the sterling support you are providing here. Please stick around, and a Merry Xmas to you tux99.

I'm always around here, smile.gif merry Xmas to you too!

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