Which is the best Linux for laptops?
I have been a user of Windows for ages now, literally using WinXP Pro since its first public release, and I have a fairly good understanding of how the OS works. I have been starting to venture into the Linux/Unix world, currently using the Ubuntu 8.04 on my ThinkPad X60.
But is there a distribution that would fit best my machine? I find Ubuntu bloated with useless software, and I find others distributions not so user friendly. I have tried Debian, Kubuntu, Mandravina and OpenSolaris so far.
I'm looking for a distribution that is as user-friendly as Ubuntu is as I am getting used to the Gnome desktop now, and that can run without draining my battery in an hour and a half - I can have up to six hours with Wi-Fi enabled under WinXP.
it's possible to do a non default install of ubuntu. have done it a few times, use the alternate cd and install a comandline system and build up from their
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Depends on the HW and SW
I've played a little with this on a couple of different laptops and a couple of different distros. The answer really comes down to the hardware you are running and the built in drivers in the distro.
The first key thing I was found is that new laptops need the newest distros and drivers. The laptop is evolving really fast. Old laptops (>5 years old) may only have spotty hardware support.
For general use on an older laptop, Mandriva seems to have a bit of an edge. It has a longer history. If you are using a newer laptop (<2 years old), I would go for Ubuntu. It is slightly more user friendly than Mandriva (which was the one time most user friendly distro), and it is being kept very current.
To be more specific, I find that XUbuntu is a good choice for a lightweight environment for a laptop. It uses GTK, but does not have the extra weight of a full Gnome setup. A stripped version with just Firefox, Open Office, Thunderbird, Gimp, and a few other basic utilities will fit on a 2G flash drive (Should you need something to travel with). If MythTV, Scorched3d, bzflag, Freeciv, pioneers, googleearth, 500 megs of music, and a few other programs foor "in flight entertainment" are needed, you can still get it all on a 4G drive.
The key to battery life comes down to speed scaling. On one 2 year old Compaq nc6400 laptop, the SpeedStep technology of the Centrion Duo processors/chipset does not work in Ubuntu 8.04. (It also doesn't work in Win2K -- so it may be some a bios or hardware issue.) On a 1 year old Compaq 6910p with a Centrino Pro, Ubuntu seems to be able to throttle the CPU fine. All of the other built in hardware is well supported.
BTW, if FC5 is installed on the 6910p, the onboard LAN and WAN are not recognized. (FC5 had to be put on it to support some development tools for an embedded product.)
MSI Wind : Advent 4211
Has anyone put Linux on an MSI Wind : Advent 4211 ?
If yes, which one, how ?
I have no external usb optical drive handy so will need to boot from usb. Does anyone know of there is a linux distro that will.....
GOS sounds good, except... hate google and all they do.
Dream Linux & Kubuntu
I would have to say Dream Linux would be my choice. It is a debian base distro from Brazil. It's lean, mean and clean; GUI looks like OSX. And it doesn't consume lots of rams. Infact you can run it on P3 laptop! Good for newbie, and for advance users.
Kubunutu is a nice distro, also debian base with KDE GUI as default, and if you are coming from a Windows' enviroment, and you like XP GUI, then this is perfect for you.
Con: As usual, you would have to configure wifi network card along with few things. Sadly applies to both distros :(