Well, that didn’t take long. Within 24 hours of installing Ubuntu (see previous post) onto my laptop, I found myself reaching for my Windows 7 restore discs. While wasn’t bad, it possessed one major flaw that kept it from staying on my laptop: it was horribly inefficient and significantly cut down its battery life.
I found that to be odd because one of the things I distinctly remembered about Linux was that it was efficient, but the fan on my laptop just wouldn’t stop spinning as I installed programs on it and got re-accustomed to the Ubuntu UI. While doing so, I had forgotten how convenient it was to have multiple desktops.
Getting back to my main point, running Ubuntu reduced the laptop’s battery life from 4-5 hours on Windows to under 3…and that was with Wi-Fi turned off. While I was processing that unfortunate turn of events, my screen started to glitch. This was a fresh install with all updates installed and barely any additional software on it. As awful as Windows supposedly is, I’ve NEVER had something like that happen so quickly. I have to say, I was very disappointed with the experience.
Already annoyed with the battery performance, I (metaphorically) flipped the table, opened the laptop’s DVD drive and inserted the first restore disc.
Ahh. That new Windows smell!