Why Linux on a laptop currently falls short
I have just read an article about Linux and Laptops. I have recently got myself a lovely 12″ powerbook after having run Fedora on a Sony Vaio V505DP for about a year. I went through the transition of FC2 to FC3 and found it great at my day to day tasks as well as for development. Now, obviously you don’t run Linux and expect everything to work seamlessly, although I have to say that most things on FC3 actually did. Even setting up the wireless was a dodle and worked much better than it had been under XP. In fact everything was great … until you decided you wanted to say, use your laptop quickly on a bus or a train, or maybe just finish some work in which you have loads of windows open and stuff running and would like to just put it in standby and come back to it later.
You see thats what currently lets Linux down on a laptop, Power Managment, or should I say the lack of it. The best I could do with my Sony was to just shut the lid (the screen turned off) and hope the gap between me reusing it was within 2 hours. Oh and thats another thing. Under XP the battery life was nearly 5 hours. Under Linux I got just over 2.
Don’t get me wrong here, I think Linux is great, the system, the community, the whole ethos. But for the notebook user it just isn’t quite there yet. Like Neil says in his article, this process could be sped up by manufacturers helping the Linux community and not pandering to the big boys and waiting for someone else to make the first move?