PC World heard NVIDIA's Optimus power saving technology is finally coming to Linux. NVIDIA software engineer Aaron Plattner revealed that he has a proof of concept working and promises a new version of NVIDIA's proprietary graphics driver for Linux will add Optimus support.
“I've been experimenting with support for Dave Airlie's new RandR 1.4 provider object interface, so that Optimus-based laptops can use our driver to drive the discrete GPU and display on the integrated GPU,” Plattner wrote in his email seeking advice from open source developers.
“The good news is that I've got a proof of concept working,” Plattner added.
A new version of Nvidia's proprietary graphics driver for Linux, in other words, will add Optimus support, making it possible for Linux users to enjoy its battery-saving ability to switch the GPU's power on and off as needed.