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I've been running UNR on my eee 1000 pretty much since it came out over a year ago (I was using easy-peasy before that), but I'm curious about the new Kubuntu netbook edition. Ultimately, KDE is better looking, and has some really friendly software, but I'm worried about performance - that display has got to be a processor hog (and by association, battery!), no?

How much does Kubuntu netbook edition impact battery life?

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Phoronix has made a comparison of power and memory usage of GNOME, KDE, LXDE and Xfce. Even if UNR use Unity and Kubuntu netbook edition may be different from vanilla KDE that article might be interesting for you. –  N.N. Jul 22 '11 at 10:37

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I suggest LUbuntu, it is a lighter OS so will allow your CPU to run slower, this adds up to longer battery life :)

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The question was about Ubuntu vs Kubuntu, not alternatives. Besides, I doubt if Lubuntu is suitable for netbooks. –  Lekensteyn Jul 22 '11 at 11:10
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Kubuntu Netbook Edition, running on my Asus eeePC 1000H is flat out unusable. The interface is so slow, I can sit and wait for 30 seconds for a button to press, or the task switcher to come up. I've switched off all graphic enhancements, and I still can't see me using this thing. Makes the whole battery issue moot. Next up: Jolicloud!

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The battery life should be relatively the same for each of them. Sure there will be a difference but it will be negligible.

The bigger issue here, I think, is your concern over the importance of battery life.

Which is more valuable:

  • the battery life
  • using a desktop environment that you are more comfortable in and familiar with
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To add to this, I've used Ubuntu and Crunchbang(openbox) on my Asus 1000HE and I got pretty equal battery life out of both. I never ran any tests, but I didn't notice any difference in consumption between the window managers. –  David Barry Jul 29 '10 at 6:20
    
my concern over battery life depends on how severely KDE impacts it. If, to take it to the extreme, I have to choose between battery and KDE, I'd go with battery and wait for KDE on another system. If the difference isn't so bad, then I might give it a try. –  Jono Jul 31 '10 at 13:09

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