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yea i was actually thinking installing linux would be the best for battery life. problem is ive only installed it like once and ive never really used it. Which flavor would you guys recommend for me? i hear the ubuntu's are nice.

Ubuntu is pretty easy to use. It is fairly easy to get help with it as well, since it seems to be one of the most popular distro's.


One word of advice, though: If you decide to go with Linux, MAKE SURE that your wireless card is supported by that distro before you make the jump. That happened to me on my old lappy...I installed Ubuntu, and looking for the drivers for that wifi card was a serious pain.
    
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I would have to say Vista. Aero and the Search indexer may use more battery, but you can just turn off Aero, and Disable or slow down the search Indexer when on battery. Vista offers more battery saving features than XP, and it is safer and easier to use (which is especially nice with the laptop). I am not really biased I have an XP laptop and a Vista laptop, and I find myself always taking the Vista one on the road with me. I have Vista Home Premium on my Dell Vostro 1500 with the 9 Cell battery, and I can get about 8-9 hours out of one full charge.

(and if you are buying a new one only Vista offers MediaDirect, which is great for watching movies or listening to music while away from the plug {the battery last much longer})
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