Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 27th Jul 2007 18:23 UTC, submitted by diegocg
Linux Rafael J. Wysocki (a suspend maintainer) has written an article speaking about the current status of suspend and hibernation support in Linux, its design, know problems, and future development. "Below is a document describing the current state of development of the suspend and hibernation infrastructure: how it works, what known problems there are in it and what the future development plans are (at least as far as I am concerned)."
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Linux Is Still Better
by pfsams on Fri 27th Jul 2007 19:47 UTC
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2006-01-05

It's true that hibernation and suspend are not yet up to par, the advantages of GNU/Linux on laptops, and desktops are still better for the average desktop user. Linux is more stable and reliable, and uses less system resources than the "more popular" OS. Web browsing is easier, writing documents is easier, email is much easier, as is multimedia. I know I'm off topic a bit, and I know others will disagree, but I'm a "Linux Zealot" because I've used it for over three years, and it is far more user friendly than WinXP, I can't comment on Vista as I don't expect to use it. I don't know if there will ever be a "year of the Linux Desktop" for the masses, but for me the Linux desktop is now, and "suspend/hibernate" is not enough of an issue to me. It will be resolved, I can wait.

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RE: Linux Is Still Better
by fretinator on Fri 27th Jul 2007 19:51 in reply to "Linux Is Still Better"
fretinator Member since:
2005-07-06

It will be resolved, I can wait.


Funny thing is on older laptops, APM works like a charm. All of my older laptops go to sleep fine with 'apm -s'. ACPI really has been a disaster (in my opinion). I wonder what the big gain was that caused the switch to ACPI. Anybody know?

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RE[2]: Linux Is Still Better
by KenJackson on Fri 27th Jul 2007 19:57 in reply to "RE: Linux Is Still Better"
KenJackson Member since:
2005-07-18

I wonder what the big gain was that caused the switch to ACPI. Anybody know?

There was an article here a couple of weeks ago talking about ACPI on Linux: http://www.osnews.com/story.php/18264/ACPI-in-Linux-Myths-vs.-Reali...

Basically, ACPI gives the OS more control and APM isn't supported any more by some hardware and will soon be dropped by others.

Edited 2007-07-27 19:59

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RE[2]: Linux Is Still Better
by jackson on Fri 27th Jul 2007 20:21 in reply to "RE: Linux Is Still Better"
jackson Member since:
2005-06-29

Agreed.

APM works out of the box on my Thinkpads with either OpenBSD or FreeBSD. In fact, as far as ACPI goes, I have found that while FreeBSD's ACPI supports fewer laptops than Linux, for those that it does support it works really, really well. ACPI suspend-to-ram works perfectly on my two Thinkpads using FreeBSD after some minor configuration in /etc/sysctl.conf.

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RE[2]: Linux Is Still Better
by edwdig on Fri 27th Jul 2007 21:26 in reply to "RE: Linux Is Still Better"
edwdig Member since:
2005-08-22

I wonder what the big gain was that caused the switch to ACPI. Anybody know?

ACPI does more than APM does. ACPI handles things like allocating i/o ports & irqs to hardware devices. It's more aware of the entire system than APM was and therefore can manage power better.

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