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Friday, 20 January 2012

Bumblebee version 3.0 "Tumbleweed" release

The Bumblebee Project proudly presents version 3.0 of Bumblebee, a project
aiming to support NVIDIA Optimus technology under Linux. After two months of
hard work this version has finally been considered stable enough for release.

If you thought that Bumblebee was dead, it's still alive and kicking! See

The project has been fully rewritten in the C programming language, providing
increased performance and reliability, mostly thanks to a new developer in the
project, Jaron Viëtor (a.k.a. Thulinma). That bring the number of main developers to
4, the three other ones being Peter Wu (a.k.a. Lekensteyn), Joaquín Ignacio
Aramendía (a.k.a. Samsagax) and Bruno Pagani (a.k.a. ArchangeGabriel).

The most important new feature is automatic power management support. Yes, in
Bumblebee 3.0 "Tumbleweed", you've got Power Management working out of the box,
without any manual configuration needed. That's not the only one though, the
full changelog could be found at

This rewrite of the project was an occasion for updating available
documentations, wikis and instructions that can be found on the web. However,
please be aware that we cannot update all sites that exist and that a lot
misinformation is still spread. The best way to be sure to have the latest
instructions is checking our wiki at or follow us at
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Currently, packages for ArchLinux, Ubuntu and Mandriva have been packaged.
Below are installation instructions for some distributions:
Arch Linux:
Mandriva: There's a bumblebee package in their repositories.
Other distributions can find more generic installation instructions at

We currently do not accept donations. The Paypal account referred by the
tinyurl "Bumblebee Project" belongs to Martin Juhl (MrMEEE), former
developer of Bumblebee and his own fork, Ironhide.

The team is looking for users having the necessary knowledge to build packages
for other popular distributions, if you're interested please join
#bumblebee-dev on Freenode. We'll then link our documentation to the one from
your distribution.

Now that Bumblebee 3.0 has been released, we will continue improving it.
Therefore we seek developers experienced in building Compositing Window
Managers, a goal we want to achieve for version (far).(away).

If you run into problems, be sure to read
Although we aim at stability, (compatibility) issues may still occur which can
be reported by following the instructions on

The Bumblebee Project Team.