[K12OSN] OT: best distro for laptop

Ron Freidel rfreidel at computergeex.com
Thu Jan 13 21:31:35 UTC 2005

If fast updates are what you are looking for I don't think there is a distro any faster than Arch Linux.

The installer may not have all the bells and whistles of one of the larger distro's, but the package manager is close to being my favorite linux package manager, and you can't beat the name of it either.

When a new kernel is released pacman usually has it the same day, kde and gnome updates take a little longer due to testing, it's only second to Slackware as being my favorite Linux distro, but personally I prefer FreeBSD on a laptop. 

With the Linux distro's I have had on my Dell i8600 the longest battery life I have experienced is about 3 hours, thats with a custom kernel, all the pentium m/centrino stuff compiled in, I get over an extra hour of life with FreeBSD. With my extra battery I can sit and use my laptop for an 8 hour day without plugging it in.

On Thu, 13 Jan 2005 13:37:47 -0500
aust_txv at ACCESS-K12.org wrote:

> I have used three distro's in the last few months on two laptops.  Mandrake 
> 10.0 comminuty, Fedora 3, and SuSe 9.1. Currently running fedora 3 but I 
> think I am going back to Mandrake due the speed of package updates.  I am 
> not married to it or anything.  SuSe 9.1 from what I read is OK, but 9.2 is 
> better for a laptop.  I have not tried Mandrake 10.1 yet.  I must agree 
> with Lee, Fedora 3 was pretty friendly and easy to install.  I don't use 
> wireless and battey life is not an issue.  I am looking for the fastest 
> package updates so I can run the latest Gimp 2.x.x. and Blender.  Debian 
> maybe ?  Thanks.
> FYI  fedora 3 and Suse 9.2 Professional on laptops.
> http://www.osnews.com/story.php?news_id=8885
> Tom Ventresco.
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