or maybe i just bought crap hardware, but, and this is going to prompt the usual 'well it works alright here' ries, but
Linux, My OS of choice since 1997 - isn't perfect of course, and i'm interested in power management, i just am,
so imagine my dismay (ok - outright anger) as on my 2009 AMD Turion x2 64 laptop, overheated as i was installing Linux,
Slackware to be precise. Halfway through the install the laptop went off, and wouldn't come back on until, during fault-finding,
a 2GB RAM stick was removed. The damn laptop got so hot, the ram socket failed, taking the RAM with it, new RAM proved
the socket or possibly worse, was dead. for good. Linux Fail. It hurt the Packard Bell hardware. t was sold as a 2GB Windows laptop.
Cooling on many laptops needs to be fixed.
Some *nux distro's worked well. Mainly the *buntu ones, they were a little less evil to the hardware, Yes, some will say it was a hardware fault,
and you are wrong. The hardware worked well on the OS it was designed for, Linux, of course, even tweaked and prodded, still heated the laptop
beyond what was normal, and even sometimes it cut out, performance was acceptable, but battery life was reduced. Not a good OS for *that* laptop.
I had enough of cheap crappy keyboards, poor build quality, squeaky cabinets and all that nonsense, wanted a solid dependable non-windows laptop
with decent battery life, quality build (which in my book, means metal) great keyboard and was well designed. after months or reading, a Macbook Pro
from early 2009 replaced the overheated plastic laptop i sold on. 30 minutes after i waked in with it, Kubuntu 10.04 booted, Mactel's PPA tweaks were done
and i was happier. hardware support was okay, obviously the usual Broadcom tweaks were done, manual fan speeds were implemented, propriety
'drivers' installed and it was ok. i ignored OS X. performance would sometimes be dreadful, sometimes excellent, i think the dual-graphics of the MBP
were confusing Linux, as EFI booting / BIOS emulation weirdness meant Linux only really saw the Nvidia 9600, with the consequent higher heat generation
and lower battery life associated using the so called 'performance' card. ah well.
Fast forward to *buntu 12.04 .. oh dear. There's a Mac ISO that Canonical make for Intel Mac users, with better support (they say) for Mac Owners.
well, first, dont download it on a OSx system, or if you do, especially dont bother trying to mount or burn it in OSX. It'll likely not work. Canonical's
ISO for Macs is unmountable - for most people using er, Macs. Are you serious ? Grub *EFI* is mostly pointless on Canonical's Mac ISO
so i installed generic 12.04 .. after burning it on my other Linux box.
I Love Linux, have done since 1997when i first installed it (and Yes, it was Redhat!) and its my OS of choice, its on all my machines, I give back, i have sent money to free and open source devs, and will continue to do so, .. because i think the way Windows and OS X are going, its going to be very sad for anyone
with anything other than a passing interest in *using* computers, to do anything that the OS disagrees with, worse still if you're not using a touch screen interface that seems to be the fashion at present, or god help us, is also 'cloud centric'
Linux, BSD et al, will of course be the only refuge from this buzzword controlled direction the two other main OS' seem to be heading.
but for gods sake, lets get power management right, on all laptops for a start, desktops are usually much less of a pain in this direction,
lets also leave stuff like pulseaudio and the dumbed down interfaces to those that need them, and let us Linux users use Free software
on our paid-for-cash hardware, until then i shall keep looking for the ultimate distro i can make run the hardware as efficient as OS X
does on my Macbook, as frustrating though as OS X is.