I’ve decided that because every Linux distro I put on my laptop is alright and they all eat up the battery just as fast, I’m going to stick with openSuSE 12.1 and do what I can to get it perfect. Therefore, I will have a long running Draft post, documenting my tweaks, changes, and fixes from the stock install.
Behind me, my HP dv6t Quad Edition is running the installer. I will be running KDE (and will possibly be putting Xfce on there as well). My goal is to have the GPU drivers installed (trivial with 1-click Install), have the system playing nicely with my Windows network, all of my development tool installed, VLC and relevant codecs installed, and something like Banshee for my music/podcast enjoyment. I’d also like to find a way to improve the battery life and get all the function buttons (brightness, volume, etc.) to work properly.
Once these (or most of these) are resolved, I’ll post again.