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Default Which OS is best for longest surfing time on battery? - 03-11-2011, 01:37 PM

My 1012 is on its way in the mail, and I'm ramping up by reading up on dualbooting.

I will probably keep one windows OS on so I can run Mapsource and update my gps routes on the road.

But for my alternate boot how can I configure the best power sipping OS for basic surfing? I'll be moto-camping (motorcycle camping) for my trips so a 12V outlet on the bike will be my only power source for days at a time.

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Default 03-11-2011, 02:42 PM

Definitely not Mac OS. Probably one of the Linux variants would be ok. Windows 7 in "Power Saver" mode is really quite good.


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Default 03-20-2011, 02:14 PM

Having used all of the Ubuntu variants; Joli 1.2 and XP (I have never tried Win7 on my mini) Joli 1.2 has the best battery life by almost 45 minutes. Its a cloud based OS and has a few quirks that takes some getting used to but you can run it from a SD/HC card or a USB drive or from your hard drive.
It runs fine from any of them and updates as newer versions come out. I'd give it a shot if you want max battery time. fdalbor


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Default 03-21-2011, 11:54 AM

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Having used all of the Ubuntu variants; Joli 1.2 and XP (I have never tried Win7 on my mini) Joli 1.2 has the best battery life by almost 45 minutes. Its a cloud based OS and has a few quirks that takes some getting used to but you can run it from a SD/HC card or a USB drive or from your hard drive.
It runs fine from any of them and updates as newer versions come out. I'd give it a shot if you want max battery time. fdalbor

Never heard of it, I like the idea of running off a SD card, that should help with power consumption.
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Default 03-21-2011, 03:27 PM

No, running off an SD card would not help with power consumption.


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Default 03-21-2011, 05:55 PM

Running off an SD card should help battery life, if the hard drive is spun down.


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Default 03-21-2011, 07:01 PM

Not sure about that - notebook hard drives are very efficient, and frequent writes to the SD card will possibly lead to early failure.


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Default 05-26-2011, 08:20 PM

Ubuntu 11.04 runs pretty well with long battery life.
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Cool 05-27-2011, 01:00 AM

BOTTOM LINE: I really dont care what OS you are running it all depends on the processes that you are running and how they interact with the drive, videos of course are one of the worst, while surfing/emails arent too bad....it also depends on the amount/type of background processes that are currently running also.....each OS is gonna handle each of these differently....just run what you like and use what you want to use and what ever battery life you get......you get.......simple


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Default 05-31-2011, 08:06 PM

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the best power sipping OS for basic surfing? I'll be moto-camping (motorcycle camping) for my trips so a 12V outlet on the bike will be my only power source for days at a time.
While I like Ubuntu there is no real reason that you need add another OS unless you just want to. I would suggest stopping for a cup of coffee once a day & plugging in for a quick charge as well. There are always outlets if you look for them. You might have to refill that cup though for a full charge .

Since you have a 12 volt outlet on your bike, maybe a small inverter just to charge your netbook while driving. You might have to use some automotive paint shop tape to keep the cord out of your way while riding.

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