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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RE: Why so much polling?
by agd5f on Mon 14th May 2007 18:07 UTC in reply to "Why so much polling?"
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On the hardware side, you are often stuck with polling if the hardware in question does not support interrupts or other methods for the required operation. In those cases, you are stuck with it.

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