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  • #16
    Originally posted by justin2net View Post
    I hope all the compatibility issues are sorted out soon and the battery life is not significantly reduced under Linux.

    With the previous Macbook Airs, has the battery life taken a hit when running Linux?

    For my Linux dev laptop, I am trying to decide between:
    • Haswell 2013 Macbook Air (Excellent battery life under OS X, good chassis, low-res screen, many Linux compatibility issues)
    • Dell XPS 13 (non-Haswell but 1080 screen, good Linux support, cheaper than alternatives at $900 for a new one off eBay)
    • Chromebook Pixel (Excellent screen but $$$, 4GB RAM, 64GB SSD, non-upgradeable) (probably unlikely)

    Any thoughts and recommendations?
    Yeah, wait. Look for the haswell versions of Asus Zenbook Infinity, sony vaio pro 13, samsung ativ book 9 plus, or Acer aspire s7.
    Haswell has brought out tons of great laptops. The problem, for me, is trying to find out which have the best battery life b/c almost no reviewer sets the screen to the same number of candelas, so you get widely varying battery times from reviews.

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    • #17
      This whole issue sounds more like Stockholm Syndrome to me.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by liam View Post
        Yeah, wait. Look for the haswell versions of Asus Zenbook Infinity, sony vaio pro 13, samsung ativ book 9 plus, or Acer aspire s7.
        Haswell has brought out tons of great laptops. The problem, for me, is trying to find out which have the best battery life b/c almost no reviewer sets the screen to the same number of candelas, so you get widely varying battery times from reviews.
        Pretty sure Lenovo will have an ultra-portable (if not ultrabook) Haswell Thinkpad out soon too, if you don't mind waiting a few days. The system76/clevo options look interesting in terms of performance per package size but I'm not convinced about quality or battery life and I don't think they're offering anything smaller than 14".

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        • #19
          Well, I bought a new XPS 13 i7 128gb SSD 8gb RAM 1080p for $850 USD. Couldn't wait any longer. I think I scored a good deal.

          I still hope to see the compatibility issues of the new MBAs worked out and the battery life under Linux tested...

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          • #20
            This is pretty interesting, I've been trying to get Linux up and running on my MacBook Air 6,1 as well. I haven't gotten it to work yet though, but I did document my process pretty throughly here: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...9#post12786229

            I'm glad there are some people with a lot more experience than me working on this. However I'm available to try any suggestions you might have!

            Eventually would want to get a penetration testing distro like Kali up and running on the MacBook Air 6,1

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