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    Hello.

    I'm going to buy a portable medium to low range. It has 4gb of ram, if not put kde without effects or better xfce?

    I like kde but not if it consumes more battery than xfce, although kde the effects have not activated.

    Thank you.

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    KDE seems fine to me
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    btrfs or ext4?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jony127 View Post
    btrfs or ext4?
    Personally, I am staying with "ext4" for the present. It's up to you to decide what you should use.

    My laptop does fine with KDE.
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    Asking for the file system to use because as the next opensuse comes by default with btrfs not have to then change the file system.

    How you set up your kde, with or without effects? Makes excessive use of battery? that's my concern.

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    regarding the laptop, try to get one with average hardware, e. g. Intell video card and wifi, simple notebooks have, generally, better compatibility with Linux

    so, have a look at the hardware before selecting the machine

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    Quote Originally Posted by jony127 View Post
    Asking for the file system to use because as the next opensuse comes by default with btrfs not have to then change the file system.
    Yes, 13.2 will make "btrfs" the default. When I installed 13.2 Milestone 0, I set the file system to "ext4" for my root partition, thus overruling the default.
    Quote Originally Posted by jony127 View Post
    How you set up your kde, with or without effects? Makes excessive use of battery? that's my concern.
    I turn off desktop effects, mainly because I find them distracting. I don't know whether that reduces battery usage.

    My laptop has Intel video, 4G of memory. I gave it 40G for the root file system, which is probably enough for "btrfs", but I'll stick with "ext4" anyway. Don't try "btrfs" with a smallish root partition.
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    On Sat 12 Apr 2014 05:56:01 PM CDT, cicerone wrote:


    regarding the laptop, try to get one with average hardware, e. g. Intell
    video card and wifi, simple notebooks have, generally, better
    compatibility with Linux

    so, have a look at the hardware before selecting the machine


    Hi
    The OP could also take a live version on a USB key and fire up the
    systems they are looking at (hopefully the sales droid can allow that)
    to see how the DE and hardware goes...

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    On Sat 12 Apr 2014 08:06:02 PM CDT, nrickert wrote:


    jony127;2636579 Wrote:
    > Asking for the file system to use because as the next opensuse comes
    > by default with btrfs not have to then change the file system.

    Yes, 13.2 will make "btrfs" the default. When I installed 13.2
    Milestone 0, I set the file system to "ext4" for my root partition, thus
    overruling the default.
    jony127;2636579 Wrote:
    > How you set up your kde, with or without effects? Makes excessive use
    > of battery? that's my concern.


    I turn off desktop effects, mainly because I find them distracting. I
    don't know whether that reduces battery usage.

    My laptop has Intel video, 4G of memory. I gave it 40G for the root
    file system, which is probably enough for "btrfs", but I'll stick with
    "ext4" anyway. Don't try "btrfs" with a smallish root partition.


    Hi
    I think I have too many laptops.... got given another one last week a
    Compaq Presario CQ56, it only had 2GB of RAM and a single core Celeron.
    Looking at the service manual it only had an Intel and AMD M/B with
    different cpu's, so fished around in the dead laptop pile and found an
    Acer Aspire that had a T4400 cpu, put that puppy in and another 2GB of
    RAM, rocking along quite well now.....

    My current laptop list;
    Compaq Presario CQ56 - 4GB RAM, 320GB 5400rpm HDD, Pentium Dual
    Core T4400 CPU, Intel Graphics, Windows 7 and not sure, running the live
    rescue system at present.

    HP 2000 Notebook PC - 8GB RAM, 320GB 7200rpm HDD, AMD E-1800 CPU,
    Radeon HD7340 Graphics, Windows 8.1 and SLED (UEFI Secure Boot).

    HP ProBook 4430s - 8GB RAM, 320GB 7200rpm SATAIII, Intel(R) Celeron(R)
    CPU B840 @ 1.90GHz, Intel Graphics, Windows 7 and openSUSE 13.1 (UEFI
    Boot).

    HP ProBook 4440s - 8GB RAM, 128GB OCZ SSD SATAIII, Intel(R) Celeron(R)
    CPU B840 @ 1.90GHz, Intel Graphics, SLED (UEFI Secure Boot).

    HP ProBook 4525s - 8GB RAM, 1GB SD Card (/boot), 640GB and 500GB drives
    with a RAID 1 setup, AMD Athlon(tm) II P360 Dual-Core, Radeon HD 4200,
    SLES 11 SP3 and a VM (libvirt) running SUSE Manager (SLES 11 SP2 using
    4GB of the RAM).

    DELL Inspiron 1545 - 4GB RAM, 60GB OCZ SSD, Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo
    CPU T6500 @ 2.10GHz, Radeon HD 4300, SLED 11 SP3.

    GATEWAY NV53 - 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, AMD Athlon(tm) II Dual-Core M300,
    Radeon HD 4200, openSUSE 13.1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jony127 View Post
    Asking for the file system to use because as the next opensuse comes by default with btrfs not have to then change the file system.

    How you set up your kde, with or without effects? Makes excessive use of battery? that's my concern.
    ext4 I agree

    In my experience kde, gnome, xfce, lxde - whichever you choose will all perform with similar results. Just employ the power saving features that exist (if you can put up with them, they drive me nuts).

    On a side note, I see HP is releasing a new Laptop this coming week I think, only a entry level, but it ships with Ubuntu. Here in the UK it's only just over £200
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