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  • GNOME Shell Making It Easy To Launch Apps/Games For Optimus / Dual GPU Systems

    Phoronix: GNOME Shell Making It Easy To Launch Apps/Games For Optimus / Dual GPU Systems

    With the GNOME 3.24 desktop that's currently in development the latest GNOME Shell code has support for easily letting the user launch an app on a dedicated GPU when applicable for handling NVIDIA Optimus use-cases of having integrated and discrete GPU laptops...

    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...-Shell-Optimus

  • #2
    Great in theory but in reality: Who launches games not from Steam? Steam has a similar feature request https://github.com/ValveSoftware/ste...ux/issues/4041 and Valve doesn't touch it.

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    • #3
      I have this extension to GNOME Shell https://extensions.gnome.org/extension/985/optirun/ with bumblebee + nvidia binary drivers and it is working well for me.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Awesomeness View Post
        Great in theory but in reality: Who launches games not from Steam? Steam has a similar feature request https://github.com/ValveSoftware/ste...ux/issues/4041 and Valve doesn't touch it.
        Everyone that doesn't use Steam?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Awesomeness View Post
          Great in theory but in reality: Who launches games not from Steam?
          Me, for example.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Awesomeness View Post
            Great in theory but in reality: Who launches games not from Steam? Steam has a similar feature request https://github.com/ValveSoftware/ste...ux/issues/4041 and Valve doesn't touch it.
            GOG users like me?

            I care enough that I've actually blogged about the wrongness of Steam and I've been experimenting with ideas for writing a Steam Client analogue which doesn't require an external service. (Current state of the in-development Qt frontend rewrite. The sidebar is going to become a treeview which allows custom user-defined tag groups.)

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Awesomeness View Post
              Great in theory but in reality: Who launches games not from Steam? Steam has a similar feature request https://github.com/ValveSoftware/ste...ux/issues/4041 and Valve doesn't touch it.
              now you could launch steam from gnome shell on discrete gpu

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              • #8
                Although dual GPU (discrete +iGPU) is the most pressing use case.
                Not having generalised multi-GPU app/program allocation is not good.
                It would be a boon for developers to be able to test and benchmark applications with multiple graphics cards on one machine.
                Having a standardized, vendor INdependent way to specify which GPU we want our applications to use and general, default settings would be awesome.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Awesomeness View Post
                  Great in theory but in reality: Who launches games not from Steam? Steam has a similar feature request https://github.com/ValveSoftware/ste...ux/issues/4041 and Valve doesn't touch it.
                  Steam... isn't the only way to play games on Linux.

                  I play games, but don't have Steam installed since none of the games I play exist on it (I play most things through Wine to be fair, but also some stuff like Xonotic).

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                  • #10
                    So, it solves it for AMD cards and nVidia cards using nouveau, but not on NVIDIA binary drivers, right?

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