Because of this, I have been booting Windows 7, and when required, using a virtual machine to work in Linux. I even purchased a Asus X101H netbook, which I use to serve my linux needs by booting Ubuntu 12.04.
But with recent updates to Bumblebee, a program written to handle Optimus in linux, this functionality is no longer out of reach to linux users, and we are no longer forced to choose between Windows or 5 second battery life.
First, I installed Linux Mint on my Asus N53SN. Linux Mint is absolutely gorgeous with the new Cinnamon interface (which replaces Gnome Shell, Unity, etc..)
After that, I went ahead and did the following in the terminal:
|Mint and Cinnamon|
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bumblebee/stableAfter that, all you gotta do is reboot or re-login and you're done. A very great and heartfelt thanks to the Bumblebee team!
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install bumblebee bumblebee-nvidia
sudo usermod -a -G bumblebee $USER