Linux on Laptops
In many ways Linux is much more suitable for portable operation than Windows
- Linux seems to be more reliable coming out of suspend. Windows 98 will
hang on my laptop if I open the lid without either re-connecting the
ethernet or unplugging the network card. Linux won't, and will happily
let me change networks without rebooting, or even logging out.
- Linux is more reliable, period. My desktop machines at work and
at home stay up for months at a time, shutting down only for hardware
upgrades and power failures. Since I got Linux installed on my newest
laptop early in December, I've only had it turned it off twice (once to
prolong battery life, and once to upgrade the RAM).
- Linux has always used the HALT instruction when the CPU is idle,
rather than sitting in a tight loop wasting power as Windows does.
- The CVS version-control system is wonderful for synchronizing my
working files between work, home, and the laptop. So is rsync, for
- Using the X window system, I can log in on my laptop from my desktop
machine (with its 1600x1280 display) and do anything on it that I could
from the keyboard. Any windows I had open will still be there after I've
taken the machine home, used it over the weekend, and come back to the
office on Monday. I can go the other way, too.
- Because Linux, unlike NT, is a real multi-user OS, I don't have
to log out in order to perform system administration tasks or to switch
between my work and home personae.
- Linux's excellent multitasking lets me run both a web server and a
browser without a noticable performance hit. I can use Netscape and
Apache for presentations, and still have plenty of compute capacity
left for demonstrations.
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Stephen R. Savitzky <steve@theStarport.org>