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Re: Lubuntu, energy efficiency and sustainable computing


Hi John,
Welcome aboard. To me, the environment is third or second, to be honest ;).
I find it very nice to have (old, bad) batteries last longer and I also like
the idea of having a fully functional desktop on a computer that costs a
fraction of what a new machine (as would be required for the "mainstream"
OS's) would cost. So economics and battery life is what decides it for me -
with the environmental effect (or more precisely, lack of effect) is an
added bonus. As for the scientific proof of the battery efficiency - I have
not seen it, but I think it makes very much sense because you have lesser
and smaller processes running, simply. I hope this is of use to you and look
forward to seeing Lubuntu on the cover of Time magazine ;)


On Mon, Feb 14, 2011 at 8:16 PM, John Eischeid <jteischeid@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> I am a freelance writing and I am researching energy efficiency and
> sustainable computing.  I installed Lubuntu on an old laptop that once
> had Windows and had gotten a very, very bad virus.  The machine was just
> sitting around my apartment, but I didn't want to throw it in the trash
> or give it to a recycling company, some of which don't actually recycle
> the machines.  I am looking for two things:
> 1)  Other Lubuntu users like me.  Did the environment factor into your
> decision to start using Lubuntu?  Did you use it to bring an old machine
> back to life?
> 2)  Some data indicating that Lubuntu is more energy efficient.  I've
> seen some claims along those lines, but does anyone have any proof that
> Lubuntu uses less electricity?
> I'm not sure who I'll pitch this story to, assuming that there is one,
> but my previous work as been published in the New York Times and
> Scientific American.  You can find links to those clips here:
> www.johneischeid.com/clips .  You can reply to this list, or reach me at
> my personal email address:  john [at] johneischeid.com
> Thanks to everyone working on Lubuntu!  I've been very happy with it.  I
> tried Ubuntu, but it was a little too much for my old machine, which is
> an HP Pavillion with only 512MB of RAM.  Lubuntu works!
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