I have a 2013-era laptop with a discrete NVIDIA GPU. The most graphically intensive tasks I will be doing on it are running a desktop window manager and watching online videos.
I have previously run Ubuntu on this laptop with the NVIDIA drivers, and that involved manually signing my kernel and the DKMS NVIDIA modules after every update. I would like to avoid this process this time around if possible, even if that involves not using the NVIDIA GPU at all.
What should I set up for the least amount of trouble? If I don’t install the proprietary NVIDIA drivers at all, will this impact the laptop’s battery life (by virtue of the GPU not powering down)?