Best battery efficient OS?

Discussion in 'Computer Software and Operating Systems' started by Minnow, Aug 7, 2016.

  1. Minnow
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    Hi!

    I'm in need of the least power-consuming OS there is (or that anyone can think of) for long road trips or when I'm out. I don't need much in terms of features or compatibility, as I can dual boot the OS with Windows or Linux Mint.

    All I would do is write documents, maybe code a bit, stuff like that. The performance can be very low for all I care, I just want my battery to last long.

    Currently under Windows 10, my battery will last 6 hours with minimal settings and power saving mode on. If I could extend this to say, 8 or 9 hours, that would be great.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Boogieboo6

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    I don't know if it's possible, but you could look into Raspbian, the raspberry pi operating system. Since it's designed for a computer the size of a credit card, I'd imagine it wouldn't be too energy intensive.
     
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    I'll look into it, thanks.
     
  4. Luckkill4u

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    Linux with PowerTop or TLP can give great power savings. Archlinux has a few settings for laptop mode too and I'm sure other distros have the same.
     
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    Raspbian wont work on a PC it is arm based and I don't think they make x86 images.
     
  6. catlover007

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    I heard that Linux can drain more power than Windows because of less optimized power management drivers
     
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    No.

    To answer the question: Puppy Linux is what you want.
     
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    One wonders if Linux vs windows would be like when you do a fresh Linux install vs your day to day Windows one with all the printer drivers and crap installed.

    Anyway Linux could be worse if the drivers are not up to par, not that I have not had massive traumas with drivers and Windows drivers for things doing different power states over the years (bluescreen because a camera decided to enter low power mode, cheers lads).

    I also wonder if you could enforce some discipline yourself and maybe also choose programs --> I imagine your nice IDE that blasts the CPU from time to time is going to gobble far more power than notepad++ or something, and that may eclipse (hah) any OS related savings.

    Also for giggles I am going to suggest coding on pen and paper. Try it a few times and see what it does for you, does wonders for me.
     
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    that MIDI sequencer
    So nice!
     
  11. Futurdreamz

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    MinuetOS?

    TBH I think it depends more on the power management abilities of the OS. A OS that can better modulate screen brightness, fan speeds, and hard drive usage can outlast a leaner OS that doesn't do those things.