I run Freya with a 4.2.8 Kernel on a new Intel Skylake NUC i3. Hardware acceleration of the Intel HD 520 works with "i915.preliminary_hw_support=1" in Grub.

I don't have any Nvidia hardware.

On startup bumblebeed tries to start and then quits (cause no Nvidia). (there are a few dozen fails in dmesg when I look it up)

I think this isn't a big issue but why try to start a process that's not needed anyway?

So can I safely remove it? (e.g. with purge)

Or would this result in conflicts with remaining Nvidia drivers in the kernel? (as bumblebee would switch between integrated and dGPU)

  • Did this PC have NVIDIA hardware before
    – Suici Doga
    Apr 7, 2016 at 12:56
  • No, it's a Intel NUC6i3SYK, i3 6100U with Intel HD520 graphics. It just has the integrated graphics. I checked the install history and it seems that bumblebee is part of the regular elementary OS install or was installed, when I was setting it up. ... and I can't remember that I installed it on purpose.
    – wefunkster
    Apr 7, 2016 at 13:00
  • Then try upgrading to kernel 4.4LTS .I use that kernel on my AMD laptop and it works perfectly
    – Suici Doga
    Apr 7, 2016 at 13:01
  • Thanks, but I was asking about the bumblebeed process. I don't run an AMD processor but (as said) an Intel Skylake CPU and internal HD 520 GPU. Totally different thing. Kernels 4.3-4.6 don't run properly on the Skylake NUC at the moment.
    – wefunkster
    Apr 7, 2016 at 13:40
  • It doesn't matter if you are AMD or Intel. I use the same kernel also on a old Intel
    – Suici Doga
    Apr 7, 2016 at 13:41

1 Answer 1


It is safe

...to remove bumblebee and it's components via apt-get as you are not using it.

  • Thanks for this short and precise answer to my question.
    – wefunkster
    Apr 7, 2016 at 16:55

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