Longevity with Linux

This is going to be a bit of a short but technical post. And probably only relevant if you are running Linux on a laptop and are concerned with extending battery life. Before I get into the main part of the post I just want to say that if you are in charge of the IT for your company then you should consider looking at Linux. There are many reasons for this, but one that IT professionals might be interested in is the fact that it can prolong the use of hardware that is getting too slow under Windows. Which will reduce your spend on new hardware.

Take a look at Ubuntu, Linux MintOpenSUSE and CentOS as potential replacements for your ageing Windows installations.  You’ll see that they are fast, efficient, fully rounded, modern operating systems. If you have any questions then get in touch and I’ll help you with your decision making.

Anyway,  the point of this post is to sing the praises of a small piece of software called TLP. My day-to-day laptop runs Ubuntu and although it was set up and sold by the rather excellent Entroware, I noticed that its battery life was not as good as my previous MacBook Air (despite the specifications being similar or better). Looking for a way to handle this I cam across mention of TLP. This software is a power management program for the Linux desktop, which offers settings to manage whatever hardware component you need to. Its main feature is the advanced options and adjustments it provides users. Just using the default set up has massively improved the battery life per charge that I’ve seen on my laptop. More information about TLP can be found here: https://linrunner.de/en/tlp/tlp.html

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