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swapnil

Hi, I would say I tried almost all the distros. Pop os seems to be the best option. But my only issue was battery life. It is not great as compared to windows so I found a perfect way which works for me. I upgraded to ssd. Trust me on this, windows 10 is terrible at hdd but at ssd it is very good and fast. I use WSL for web development and I like it even more than a linux distro.

So I would suggest if battery life is not a factor for you then go with Pop os otherwise WSL works really great in windows.

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nikhilshetty13

For battery issue
You can install Slimbook Battery 3 on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS and above by adding the official Slimbook PPA to your list of software sources.

To add the PPA run this command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:slimbook/slimbook

Followed by this command to install the battery
optimizer applet:

sudo apt update && sudo apt install slimbookbattery

When everything has downloaded and installed you will be able to launch the app from the apps grid. Search for “Battery” and launch the tool.

Keep in mind that this app only works when it is run and an energy mode is specified. If you don’t launch the app, it can’t provide any power optimisations — so consider adding it your Startup Applications.

I hope it helps!!

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swapnil

Wow, thanks. I did not heard of this before. I will surely try this.
😀

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Abhijit Hota Author

Hello.

windows 10 is terrible at hdd

Indeed, Swapnil. I've experienced it. I tried with WSL but it's not as fast.
My only options now were to upgrade to an SSD or change my OS. The battery life issue you said is common in all Linux distros I guess? Because I faced the same problem in Ubuntu 18.04.

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Hasindu Lanka

Use TLP ( TLP UI ) . It's a power management tool for Linux and it boosted my battery time from 2 hours to 15 hours of streaming

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swapnil

Yes, battery life issue is same because of drivers support being not that great in linux. Wsl works great for me. Try exploring more and see what works best for you. Do try pop os and manjaro. As I have used them for good amount of time in the past for development.

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Abhijit Hota Author

Try exploring more and see what works best for you

Will do when I get some free time in the future! 😄