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Linux Laptop Experience

By larojas ·
I'd like to know everyone's opinion on the current state of user experience when using a Linux distro on a laptop (and which one is the best at that).

Can one expect all the special features of other OSes for such a machine nowadays? (multiple external display configs, automatic power scheme changing based on battery status, wifi management, suspend/resume, etc.)

My current alternative is MacOS but I'd really like Linux (primary usage will be for software programming).

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Running Mint on mine (well was till it died)

by Slayer_ In reply to Linux Laptop Experience

Overall, the experience was decent. The machine ran far hotter on Mint than it did in XP, and it murdered battery life.
Much of this I think I can blame on the nVidia drivers, including its ultimate demise of the video card memory dying. I am not certain what was causing it, but the nVidia drivers did not allow you to set the powermizer setting, it was stuck on a stupid automatic that caused it to switch to performance mode every time you moved your mouse, and switch back down afterwards. Switching it up and down endlessly. I assume this is what killed it.

It also had some terrible trouble with multitasking, if two processes required the HDD, the system pretty much locked up until one of them was done.
And finally, if a full screen applications hung, you were hosed, you had to hard boot the system, Linux lacks any sort of terminate dead application key. You can try switching to command line and ending the program, but if you are like me, you will hit the power button over searching the process list.

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Puppy Linux installed on one . . .

by Shellybell In reply to Linux Laptop Experience

I have Puppy Linux installed on one of my laptops. I have another laptop that I was going to use for school and I burned a live CD of the new CENTOs. It would get about 3/4 of the way downloaded and I would have an error. Someone told me to try just plain old Linux. So I burned a live CD of that as well and same thing - 3/4 and installation crash. Now I have a bunch of partial OSs on my harddrive, none of which can boot, and my hard drive says it's corrup, that there are too many corrupt sectors. However, i am still able to run both OSs from the disk and just not install, just not able to save any documents, pictures, etc. either.

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