apr 11 2013

Official Optimus Support??

nVidia has announced that a new beta driver is available here.

A source here claims that this means official nVidia support for the Optimus technology… I’m not sure I reading it the same way.. but will test it as soon as possible and report back…

Still I would like to give a big thumbs-up to the guys at “The Bumblebee Project“, who picked up on some of my original ideas from my bumblebee code and perfected it.. Great job guys…

jul 18 2012

Torvalds on nVidia among alot of other stuff


maj 18 2012

Diablo 3 – Blizzard still rules, also on Linux

For years and years I (as many others) have waited for Diablo 3. And now it’s finally here!!

For all gaming Linux people, one of the biggest excitements about new games is if they will run under Wine.

And Diablo 3 does.. Almost…

There are still some patching which haven’t (yet) been merged into standard wine, but besides of that it really runs well.

If you want to follow the way I run Diablo 3 on my Alienware X11M, here it goes:

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jan 19 2012

Ironhide is sleeping – but not forever

Hi all..

Just wanted to write a few words..

First of all, thanks for all the support and the great feedback I’ve had over the last 7-8 months.. It has really been a ride..

Over the last few month my job situation has changed, I’m a Consultant and right now I’m at a place where I don’t have as much spare time as I used to have.. mainly caused by longer transport times..

So for the next 3-4 months there probably will be very limited support and probably no updates to ironhide…

I will be back though, and hopefully even stronger than before..

In the meantime, please help each other out (as you are doing) or check out TBP (The Bumblebee Project).. The guys over there are doing some great work, so go check it out..

Also just to clarify.. I haven’t got anything to do with the Bumblebee project anymore (expect for providing the original solution)… But we might merge again in the future… only time will tell..

Again.. Thanks for your support, and you’ll hear from me again in May….


okt 6 2011

Moving to Oneironhide

Yesterday I moved from Natty to Oneiric. I know that some users are already running Ironhide on Oneiric, but was still a little excited to how easy/hard the process would be.

It turned out to be an pretty easy job.. but still not without problems.. those problem where not caused by ironhide though, but by a change to udev, or rather to the folder structure of /var/run..

The /var/run directory has been moved to /run and /var/lock to /run/lock.. Either the Ubuntu people forgot this in their update scripts, or something didn’t go as planned.

When rebooting after the upgrade, I was stuck at the Ubuntu splash-screen. It took me a while to figure out what was wrong.. but here’s a quick howto.. I guess you could do this before rebooting.. but else reboot in recovery mode afterwards (holding Shift to get into the Grub boot menu) and select remount the root partition. After that, drop to a command prompt.

mkdir -p /run/lock
mv /var/run/* /run/
mv /var/lock/* /run/lock/
rm -rf “/var/run”
rm -rf “/var/lock”
ln -s /run /var/run
ln -s /run/lock /var/lock


After that I had to re-add the ironhide ppa:

apt-add-repository ppa:mj-casalogic/ironhide

and rerun ironhide-configuration, to get graphics running…

Everything else seems to work fine…

aug 20 2011

Ironhide reporting for duty

I have released the first version of Ironhide, which is going to be my branch of bumblebee..

This version features:

* Graphical User Interface for Configuration and Submitsystem.
* Tests build into the Configuration, should help us narrow down problems.
* Major cleanup, removed all content not related to Ubuntu.
* Updated VirtualGL.

For now there is only natty packages available. This is soon to change…

The Ironhide packages conflict with bumblebee, so you should be asked to remove the old packages when installing Ironhide.. If your having problems getting ironhide to work, please reboot after uninstalling bumblebee… and then rerun ironhide-configuration..


Installation notes:

I have given up on supporting the nvidia packages myself.. The version in Natty works just fine, and if you want newer versions, I can confirm that the X-org edgers repository works great with Ironhide:


When new versions come out, just rerun the configuration.

Report problems/issues here:


The “New” Bumblebee Project is available here:


aug 15 2011

Reassemble of the Bee..

Quite a lot is happening around bumblebee these days…

I know that I haven’t been very active lately, partly due to vacation…

I’ve also been doing a lot of thinking about the way that bumblebee has been implemented.. The popularity really surprised me, and looking back a LOT of things where done too quickly and implemented wrong.. All in all it seems like every bugs-fix, triggered two new bugs…

I also allowed a lot of people to contribute to the project which, with all respect to their work, at times made me feel like I lost control a little over which way bumblebee was “flying”… I think this also was a reason why I lost some inspiration…

What is happening right now is that:

A lot of the people who has been contributing to the bumblebee-project, is now starting over from scratch in one combined project: https://github.com/Bumblebee-Project

Right now, I have chosen not to contribute to the Bumblebee-project, and try some stuff out on my own… nothing has really been published : https://github.com/MrMEEE/ironhide, this will include a graphical bumblebee setup and probably extentions to bumblebee-ui.. This project will probably be renamed to distinguish the two.. but just to be clear, I much appreciate the work the other guys are doing and there is no bad air between us.. I just need some “creative” time off…

So, right now, yes… things are broken, both in the ppa and in the git versions.. I hope that the above efforts will solve this as soon as possible, and a BIG thanks to every tester, contributor, programmer and user of bumblebee out there..


jul 7 2011

Bumblebee ‘in a box’


Today (night) I finally got bumblebee packaged into a Ubuntu Launchpad PPA. Something that I’ve been wanting to do for quite some time now… At the same time I have introduced a new installer/configuration utillity. Basically with the same functionality, but it has been cleaned up and should be much easier to use.

Now what does that mean?? For ordinary users, that means that all the installation process should be a lot easier now for Ubuntu-based distributions.



All you have to do is run the following commands:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:mj-casalogic/bumblebee

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install bumblebee

Does it get any easier???

I’ve moved the version of bumblebee in the PPA to version 2.0, to indicate that this really is a major step forward..

Thanks to all for your feedback, I know that you haven’t heard much from me for the last two weeks…

So now it’s back to fixing bugs, but from now on, i’ll focus on fixing the bugs in PPA version.

The complete PPA is available here: