Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sun 13th May 2007 00:35 UTC, submitted by Luis
Intel What's eating the battery life of my Linux laptop? Which software component causes the most power to be consumed? These are important questions without a good answer... until now. Intel announced the PowerTOP tool, a program that collects the various pieces of information from your system and presents an overview of how well your laptop is doing in terms of power savings. A number of apps, like Firefox, Evolution and Gaim have been modified by Intel to help consume less power and hopefully these patches will be integrated to their main trees or by distros.
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Intel continue to impress
by Havin_it on Sun 13th May 2007 11:23 UTC
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This is an interesting development. You don't see many hardware giants pushing projects exclusively at Linux laptop users (both of us!).

Am I right in thinking the Intel platform has stolen a lot of ground in the high-performance server/mainframe area from Sun and other competitors in recent years? I wonder if this is the main reason we've seen them do so much lately for *nix compatibility with their hardware. Saving a few minutes of battery life on a laptop would I imagine translate to a pretty massive utility-bill saving for the owner of a Linux supercomputer with thousands of CPUs...

Whatever the reasons, I couldn't be more pleased with Intel's courting of the OSS community. My next computer will almost definitely have an Intel graphics card, and I'll be keeping an eye on their wireless offerings as well.

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