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edmund_the_destroyer wrote

Yuck. Yeah, my Linux laptop has pretty awful battery life. I don't care because it doesn't move much, but I understand how that's an obstacle. I wish I had a solution to offer, but I don't.

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frostycakes wrote

Look into TLP and powertop, both of those made a big difference in my Linux battery life. I don't know why more distros don't have them installed by default.

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dark wrote

I don't know why more distros don't have them installed by default.

Strong agree. My laptop has gone from dying from being left in sleep overnight, to preserving almost 100% of it's sleep-point battery.

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Bells_On_Sunday wrote

I think using a more lightweight WM would certainly help. I don't have any problems with battery life using XMonad and debian.

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edmund_the_destroyer wrote

Interesting. I switched a laptop from Windows to Linux, and I would expect the battery life to be roughly similar even with a heavyweight desktop. It wasn't, battery life cut in half.

Of course, that's a statistical sample of one and it was four years ago. Maybe a newer kernel or different hardware or both would make a substantial difference.

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Bells_On_Sunday wrote

Yeah, there's no real reason it should be but KDE was always a hog like that IME. Could definitely be worth trying again and maybe seeing if you like any of the more minimal desktop envs/WMs (XFce, iceWM, XMonad etc). I love how blazingly fast a minimal linux setup can be even on old kit, and battery life is correlated to that.