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Optimise Your Laptop's Battery Life With Linux

Feb 03, 2010, 19:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Graham Morrison)

"All laptop users have something in common: we want our device's batteries to last longer. Whether it's for the daily commute or the flight home for Christmas, an extra 30 minutes of power means an extra 30 minutes of entertainment. If you're running a Linux-based distribution on your netbook, there's a lot you can do to squeeze every last negatively charged ion from your power source. Here we're going to cover the best techniques that we've discovered. Don't worry if you're not a netbook user, as much of this information can be used on Linux laptops too. However, we've specifically tailored our advice for netbooks as these seldom include full-blown distros (and hence any easy way of compiling and installing new software). We're going to focus on Intel's Moblin and Canonical's UNR (Ubuntu Netbook Remix), two of the most popular Linux distributions for netbooks, but there's absolutely no reason why you can't use a full-fat distribution on your device and make the same changes to its power management."

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