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How is the battery life compared to Windows? I am considering installing it, so I can browse the net, and just watch videos without any issues.

Anyone?
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Unless it has jupiter I would expect it to be worse. But the trade of is a much faster system. With my netbook's power saving modes and window's power saving options I could get 10 to 12 hours of battery life. However, it would take minutes to open certain programs and multitasking was reduced to nothing.

With Linux I run at the rated speed of the Atom 1.66GHz and can't use any of my netbook's great power saving options from the BIOS; but the trade off was worth the speed increase and things it's allowed me to do. At the same CPU clocks windows could not compete. So if you want a long battery life and slow system then windows is your choice. If you want good battery life and a fast system then Linux is your choice.
     
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Alright thanks, guess I will stick with Windows then, just curious, I would have assumed the Netbook addition would use less battery life.
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Is this for a netbook or something else. Because with a netbook Windows is hell, there's just no other way to describe it really. Quite frankly I think windows is the reason people don't like netbooks. And it's a shame. Also, for an Archer I figured you'd be putting that on there. You could probably get jupiter on it as well and make up the same power savings.
     
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Originally Posted by Rookie1337;11717320 
Is this for a netbook or something else. Because with a netbook Windows is hell, there's just no other way to describe it really. Quite frankly I think windows is the reason people don't like netbooks. And it's a shame. Also, for an Archer I figured you'd be putting that on there. You could probably get jupiter on it as well and make up the same power savings.

Its a bit of both, its basically a netbook with a slightly bigger screen and i7-620M, I get 8 hours of battery life.

I mean Windows and Linux run fine on it, but I do need Windows for various work and home applications, but if Linux battery options are not great then theres no point.
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The netbook edition doesn't really have any optimisations for low power usage unfortunately. You could recompile the kernel with some different options that might save you some power though.
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Originally Posted by Limes;11720278 
Its a bit of both, its basically a netbook with a slightly bigger screen and i7-620M, I get 8 hours of battery life.

I mean Windows and Linux run fine on it, but I do need Windows for various work and home applications, but if Linux battery options are not great then theres no point.

Well with a beast like that why not put both on anyway? headscratch.gif It's an 11 inch Acer right? I was eying a couple of those. Wish I could afford them. I just think of how great a couple of distros would be on that thing.
     
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The difference between "netbook" and regular for battery life is nothing. It's only a different interface. When I had "netbook remix" on my netbook, the battery life was the same as with the desktop distribution.
    
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When exploring my notebook (which is essentially a netbook with slightly nicer hardware), I discovered that after tweaking the hell out of Arch for battery life, it came very close to the custom Asus version of Windows 7 that came with my computer, but it was not better.

I have no idea how the battery life of normal Windows 7 compares to the Asus one. It's been tweaked to boot a lot faster and use less battery, so I'd assume it's better than generic Windows.
post #10 of 12
I just put 10.10 NBR on my 1000HE and use it with the normal desktop (unity is slow and a waste of space on the small screens). It runs much faster than XP and is much better at running multiple programs. Battery life seems very similar when running at 1.66ghz with both OS's. I also installed eee-control-tray which doesn't really help you, but it does have some powersaving features for eee users.

Overall the speed boost is worth the lack of powersaving features. I ran it in performance mode on xp anyway as it was horribly slow when underclocked on powersaving mode.
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