Announcing Bumblebee 3.2.1 - "Tumbleweed"

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The Bumblebee Project proudly presents version 3.2.1 of Bumblebee, a project aiming to support NVIDIA Optimus technology under Linux.


Bumblebee 3.2.1 has been released on 26 April 2013. (release notes)
This version fixes the main issue of Bumblebee 3.2.
Previous release notes available here.


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, since 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 or follow us at Twitter, Facebook or Google Plus.

Currently, packages for ArchLinux, Ubuntu, Mandriva and many others have been packaged. Installation instructions can be found here!

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.

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 here.

- The Bumblebee Project Team.