[Pm-utils] low power mode
pjones at redhat.com
Mon May 1 11:29:31 PDT 2006
On Mon, 2006-05-01 at 19:17 +0100, Matthew Garrett wrote:
> (I think several of the powersave "powersave" and "performance"
> distinctions are bogus - we can do better than that by figuring out
> what's actually needed
Totally agree with this part.
> rather than just having static configurations
> that mostly just serve to give the user more buttons to press, and
> "powersave" against "performance" just encourages the same sort of
> binary thinking that led us to the dire speedstep situation on Windows
> of "Oh look, my CPU goes really slowly now". Providing it doesn't cost
> us usability, we should *always* be saving power.
Well, that's the tricky bit. Things like "should I have bluetooth on
right now?" are really hard to do without a button somewhere.
> And that requires us
> to learn from the embedded guys that have actually solved this problem
> properly - can you imagine how pissed off people would get if their PDA
> only had the same sort of functionality?)
Except they haven't; I've got to use a menu to turn things on and off on
my phone. Likewise, it has a preferences menu for how long to wait
before setting dimming (and later disabling) the screen.
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