Re: [Utopia] Gnome Power Manager, updated screenshots

On Mon, 2005-04-25 at 20:26 +0100, Richard Hughes wrote:
> I've digested most of your comments and come up with the attached - not
> in CVS - just for me playing around.

I love the goal of this program and how it's going to eventually work,
but I feel the interface is too complex.

When on mains, does anyone really care about the power saving features?
If I leave my laptop alone whilst on mains I don't have to worry about
the battery dying, and if I wanted it to sleep I'd shut the lid or press

Hard drive sleep should just be a check box, if it is visible at all.
Personally I think that when on mains it shouldn't spin down (drives
which are always on last longer), and when on battery it should spin
down after 5 minutes.

Notice that Ubuntu Hoary does very nice things here: when it is on
batteries it puts the kernel into laptop mode, reduces the buffer flush
frequency, and tweaks a million other settings (I'm sure Matthew Garrett
can fill in the details).  This results in my disk being used a lot
less, but I didn't have to set anything to make it work as I personally
don't care what the buffer flush frequency is.

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