Last week when traveling to Europe for FOSDEM and other business meetings, I had picked up a new 9-cell battery for a Lenovo ThinkPad T60. While an additional three battery cells will noticeably extend your battery life, you can also extend your battery life by taking a few simple steps to optimize your Linux desktop that will also reduce your power consumption and heat output. In this article are a few simple steps to take in order to extend your notebook's battery life on Ubuntu.
One of the easiest ways to start optimizing your notebook's battery life is by using the utilities already available to you within Ubuntu. From using gnome-power-preferences, one can adjust their power settings not only when running on the battery but also when using AC power.