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I want to install a linux distro on my laptop but I do not want to have a massive battery drain. I remember reading some kernels drain the battery faster then others? Would Mint Linux or Ubuntu out of the box be ideal choices?

I've not used Linux as a desktop before so would there be services I would want to disable to get better performance?

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closed as not constructive by Sathya Apr 24 '12 at 16:47

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good question! I don't understand why this has been closed as non-constructive! I've been myself extremely stunned yesterday when plaing wich a macbook air, I disconnected it running macOs and my thinkpad t420s running Ubuntu precise at the same time, working with the macbook, having the t420 just standing there, and when t420s needed the power line after 2.5 hours doing nearly nothing, the macBook happily did actual work for about 5 or 6 hours – Henning May 16 '12 at 15:30