Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 29th Sep 2010 22:14 UTC, submitted by Amix
Morphos Bright days ahead for the Amiga world. AROS is doing well, AmigaOS4 is getting one heck of a machine in the AmigaOne X1000, and MorphOS continues its development at a brisk pace. Version 2.6 of MorphOS, currently in development, will add support for (G4, I'm assuming) PowerMacs, which, alongside support for the Mac Mini and eMac, gives MorphOS a solid base of used hardware to run on.
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spiderman
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2008-10-23

You should switch it off when you are away. It is burning power even in standby mode.

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Drumhellar Member since:
2005-07-12

It's burning power when booting. Lots of hard disk activity, fans at full speed, lots of CD drive access, all while I'm spending my time waiting for a desktop to appear.

Fast boot times lessens this, but low power states use a a small amount of power.

I wonder what the power difference is, between 3 minutes of boot/shutdown activity (total) versus an hour of standby?

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Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

It's burning power when booting. Lots of hard disk activity, fans at full speed, lots of CD drive access, all while I'm spending my time waiting for a desktop to appear.

Fast boot times lessens this, but low power states use a a small amount of power.

I wonder what the power difference is, between 3 minutes of boot/shutdown activity (total) versus an hour of standby?

That's a very interesting question.

On the other hand, you should first get your orders of magnitude right : currently, it becomes fairly common to see alternative OSs gettiing in an usable state in around 30-45s on most hardware.

Then there's also the problem of considering the full product cycle : hardware which runs permanently wears out more quickly. And recycling the old computer and making the new one cost a lot of power.

This of course considering an idealistic usage pattern where the user does not replace the whole computer when the HDD wears out.

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spiderman Member since:
2008-10-23


I wonder what the power difference is, between 3 minutes of boot/shutdown activity (total) versus an hour of standby?

About 24kwh or so.
Switching off the computer is definitely more power efficient. By Far.
In order to measure power consumption, you multiply the power (in kw) of your device by time (in h).
My girl friend is and energy geek. She measures everything. I've been forced to measure how much power does my PC consumes.
Well, it does consumes less at boot that in normal usage actually. I've found that doing some light work (text editor and stuff) is about 24kwh (without screen). About the same at boot. In stand by mode: 24kwh! No difference! Now what is interesting is when your computer is doing some 3D work. Consumption jumps to 80kwh. That's right, 3 times that of light work. Just activating compiz instead of metacity and my computer burns the power of 3 computers. The graphics card (old Nvidia geForce 7300 in my case) burns 2 times more power than the rest of the computer when computing 3D effects.

So yes, switching off the computer is definitely better because the hard drive does not increase consumption significantly.

Edited 2010-10-01 05:47 UTC

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