[Laptop] Battery Time

Phillip Gonzalez email at phillipgonzalez.com
Thu Nov 29 09:50:43 PST 2007

That's what I'm talkin bout :-)


On Nov 29, 2007, at 3:05 AM, Jessica Mahoney wrote:

> Thinking about this for a while, I decided to post it.  May not be  
> much, but it is something.
> In July 2007 I acquired a brand new Compaq Presario V6000Z laptop.   
> It came with the "High Capacity 6-Cell Battery" (6,000 mAh  
> battery), an AMD Turion 64 X2 @ 1.8GHz, and I also got the "Imprint  
> Finish" so I could get the FireWire and additional USB ports.  For  
> what it is, $1,000 wasn't that bad.
> It came with Windows Vista Home Basic.  This system took about two  
> minutes to boot, and sucked the battery dry in 90 minutes, even  
> with all power-saving settings enabled (eeps!).
> Then I installed Linux on it.  Linux had some serious stability  
> issues, and even with everything I did, it was never all that  
> stable, but it booted in about a minute.  Linux did do better with  
> battery time, clocking 2 hours.  True, that's not much better, but  
> still.
> Well, I've been using FreeBSD for my servers, and I have had a few  
> FreeBSD desktops off and on over the years, so I decided to give it  
> a shot.  After installing FreeBSD and configuring the kernel/world,  
> and then installing some ports, I noticed something wildly  
> different, so different, that its freaking amazing.  FreeBSD boots  
> in a mere fifteen seconds (kernel: 11s; services: 2s; gdm+Xorg:  
> instant; gnome-desktop: 2s).  FreeBSD is just as amazing with  
> battery time, as I can now get not just two, but four hours of  
> battery time.  Plus, its just as rock-solid-will-keep-running-until- 
> the-sun-blows-up stable as I remember from every other machine I've  
> used as a FreeBSD desktop.
> Quick recap:
> Windows Vista: 2 minute boot, 90 minutes of battery
> Linux: one minute boot, 120 minutes of battery
> FreeBSD: 15 second boot, 240 minutes of battery
> FreeBSD is pure awesomeness, made of awesome and win, featuring  
> Power, Performance, Stability, and Reliability.  I have also  
> learned (from my laptop) that FreeBSD is also a Green OS, as it  
> causes the hardware to use less power than other systems.
> ~Jessica
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