- To: Daniel Pittman <daniel@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: [SLUG] Laptops with Linux pre-installed?
- From: Marghanita da Cruz <marghanita@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 20 Apr 2009 12:36:44 +1000
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- Organization: Ramin Communications
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Daniel Pittman wrote:
Marghanita da Cruz <marghanita@xxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:
Erik de Castro Lopo wrote:
I remember that there was at some stage, soemthing with the EULA with
Windows. Essentially, it can only be valid if you voluntarily accept it,
therefore, if you don't you can uninstall it, send the CD's and
documentation back to Microsoft and they have to "refund" you the value.
Never tried it, or talked face to face with ayone that has tried it though.
Yep, about 700 times too much trouble. My time is worth more than that.
I am shopping around anyway, so the effort of finding a machine with Linux
pre-installed is part of that effort anyway.
Is anyone aware of any energy usage tests versions of Linux vs Vista
etc on the various laptops/PCs?
The Intel sponsored "Less Watts" project have some information, as I
recall, and the Linux Thinkpads list certainly discuss it regularly.
Thanks - "LessWatts.org - Saving Power on Intel systems with Linux" looks
this looks useful and this in particular:
[PDF] Linux ACPI Test Plan
... S-state 1.2 C-state 1.3 P-state 1.4 T-state 1.5 Power and Battery 1.6 Thermal Zone
2 Configurations 2.1 ACPI event 2.2 AC adapter 2.3 Battery 2.4 ASUS(HotKey) ...
Noting that energy efficiency in a lap/note/netbook is more of an issue in
relation to battery life rather than saving the planet - the obvious candidate
for comparison would be the eeePC - though there was nothing on the
less watts site, I did find this:
ASUS EeePC 900
REVIEW DATE: 16-MAY-2008
As a consolation, the 1GB of RAM is double the amount from the previous version, and the SSD drives help speed up transfer speeds. The HP Mini-Note has a slight edge because it runs 2GB of RAM, although its VIA processor doesn't help it much. Nevertheless, the Linux-based EeePC 900 system booted up in just 21 seconds, as opposed to twice that on a typical Windows operating system. It goes without saying, though, that any form of gaming should be Web-based, as most of the 3D-intensive ones will not be supported by this operating system. I couldn't run any of my performance tests because they lack support for Linux.
The EeePC 900 is RoHS-compliant but has yet to be certified for Energy Star 4.0 and EPEAT. Running my own tests, using a PS3 International Kill-A-Watt meter, the EeePC 900 fell well within the limits of Energy Star's specifications. The 14 Watts it consumed matches that of the Apple MacBook Air and the Fujitsu LifeBook P8010, but because it doesn't have all the necessary certifications, it doesn't earn PC Magazine's GreenTech Approved seal.
Marghanita da Cruz
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