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Battery life was cut in half...
Call your laptop manufacturer and get them to fix their BIOS! Alternatively, install a kernel older than 2.6.39 and don't upgrade it again.
    
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If Ubuntu is giving you problems with compatibility, drivers, codecs, wifi, or whatever try Linux Mint.
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Call your laptop manufacturer and get them to fix their BIOS! Alternatively, install a kernel older than 2.6.39 and don't upgrade it again.
What does the BIOS have to do with it? The battery life is fine in Windows 7. I typically get around 3 hours just browsing the web but in Ubuntu, doing the same thing, it'll only go for 1.5 hours. Seems to me that power management in Ubuntu just sucks.
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Does it run BF3?
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What does the BIOS have to do with it?
It doesn't correctly indicate if it supports Active State Power Management. Newer kernel versions (from 2.6.38 rather than the .39 that I said earlier) correctly "obey" the BIOS in that they will disable ASPM if the BIOS says it doesn't support it, even if the BIOS has already enabled ASPM anyway. It's pretty simple to force ASPM back on but it requires making a small change to your GRUB boot configuration (adding pcie_aspm=force to the kernel line I believe).

Microsoft has obviously got some funky logic to handle shoddy BIOS setups well enough to avoid problems with ASPM. It doesn't excuse poor configurations though.
    
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Wait, does the kernel power management regression exist or is it simply a configuration "user error"?
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It's pretty simple to force ASPM back on but it requires making a small change to your GRUB boot configuration (adding pcie_aspm=force to the kernel line I believe).
Ah, someone on the Ubuntu forum told me to do that. When I first installed Ubuntu, the battery was literally draining in about 50 mins. Battery life went up to 1.5 hours after that fix. Still pretty awful though.
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Quite frankly all desktop operating systems equally suck in terms of power management.

Android and Apple iOS make Linux and Windows look like primordial puddles of goo when comparing battery life.

Just buy a extension cord and call it a day.
Edited by Interpolation - 11/3/11 at 7:18am
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There are still plenty of problems with the linux platform, before imho, it is ready for everyday average users.

There are still a ton of problems with the audio and video systems, not being up to par even with windows xp. there are also all the different package management tools and different package containers available, the major distro's would need to move forward to unifying some of these systems, to give it a broader reach.

But that is what ubuntu's goal is, to introduce the world of linux to the average user, and they are very successful at that. I do see this as a good thing, it would get people interested in ubuntu linux itself (just hope they aren't scarred away by unity tho )

Agreed, mostly - until linux is close to the driver handling and driver support of Vista/7, not sure it's even close to a good end user OS...I spend 3 hrs trying to diagnose a fix a ralink wirless problem that was extremely common
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One step closer to steam for linux.... so excited! Hopefully this wont ruin linux and make basterdize it b/c the masses use it
Have you seen Gnome3? Unity?

The bastardization has already begun.
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