Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 7th Apr 2009 11:05 UTC, submitted by Anne
Mandriva, Mandrake, Lycoris The RC2 release of Mandriva Linux 2009 Spring (code name Estephe) is now available. This RC2 version provides some updates on major desktop components of the distribution, including KDE 4.2.2, GNOME 2.26, X.org server 1.6, and kernel 2.6.29. This RC2 version proposes also nearly all of the 2009 Spring design. This version will allow you also to dump in a very easy way All available One hybrid isos on a USB key and then install Mandriva Linux on netbooks.
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RE: Any netbook users out there?
by WereCatf on Tue 7th Apr 2009 20:05 UTC in reply to "Any netbook users out there?"
WereCatf
Member since:
2006-02-15

I am still searching for the "right" distro for my Asus 1000HE. Under Windows it gets 8+ hours of battery life. So far I have tried Ubuntu NBR, EeeBuntu 2.0 and Moblin. I have also tried all kinds of kernel hacks (hpet), acpi stuff, EeeApplet, Eee Control, etc. The only distro so far that had given me a good battery life is Moblin, but it WAY too alpha for me. Any reports on battery life and Mandriva? Battery life and portability are the whole reason I bought a netbook. I hate giving up 2-3 hours of battery life just to run Linux.

I hear you. Linux was not built with power-saving in mind, it was slapped on afterwards, so it's still quite raw and needs a lot of work. Especially if you ever want it to Just Work (TM) without much (or any) user-made configuration.

But, have you changed the hard disk sleep timer timeout? The command id "hdparm -S somenumberhere" (check man page). And http://samwel.tk/laptop_mode/ might be a useful site for you. Can't you help more than that, I don't own any laptop or netbook :/

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fretinator Member since:
2005-07-06

I will give it a look see, thanks for the suggestion. I am open to other suggestions as well.

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

Linux was not built with power-saving in mind, it was slapped on afterwards, so it's still quite raw and needs a lot of work. Especially if you ever want it to Just Work (TM) without much (or any) user-made configuration.


The work for this is just coming out now.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KDE_4#KDE_4.2

"New applications include PowerDevil, a power management system for controlling various aspects of mobile devices."


http://www.kde.org/announcements/4.2/desktop.php

"KDE 4.2 supports your mobile life. Owners of netbooks and other small devices will appreciate the work on making applications usable on small screens. Many configuration screens like those in Konqueror and Kontact have been redesigned to fit. Another benefit for mobile users is that power usage has been reduced all throughout the KDE software. The frequent wakeups from the core applications like Plasma and KWin have been eliminated, making sure you get the most from your battery.

Besides these improvements, PowerDevil introduces a new way of managing power. Instead of being a separate tool, PowerDevil is an integral part of KDE. You don't have to run a specific application to have access to its functionality. It is configurable within System Settings (under the Advanced tab), and can be controlled with a Plasma widget on the panel or desktop if you want."


Powerdevil and the power usage reductions in KDE are only available in KDE 4.2 or later.

http://www.kde.org/announcements/4.2/screenshots/powerdevil.png

Edited 2009-04-08 00:23 UTC

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