Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 29th Dec 2005 23:07 UTC, submitted by Valour
Hardware, Embedded Systems "Over the past several years of computer hardware engineering, raw speed has been the primary goal of hardware manufacturers. This has traditionally come at the expense of power consumption, which has skyrocketed since the first days of the x86-compatible home PC. Just how much electricity does a computer and its related devices use? Are there disadvantages to turning everything off when you're done? This article will give you an insight into computer power usage."
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ferrix
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2005-07-06

You mean like this? http://www.davidcourtney.org/Linux-sleep_medium-[Xvid].avi

Yes - just like this, but working reliably enough so people aren't moved to record it for posterity when they actually manage to make it happen!

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blixel Member since:
2005-07-06

Yes - just like this, but working reliably enough so people aren't moved to record it for posterity when they actually manage to make it happen!

Touche' ... I can't disagree with you there.

I was floored when I installed Linux onto my iBook and the power management worked so flawlessly. It wasn't even slightly difficult. It "just worked" when I setup Ubuntu - with a completely default install.

The iBook is a pretty outstanding Linux laptop - shocked? So was I.

I have a Sony Vaio also ... and I have fought endlessly with that Laptop at every turn. *Nothing* works on that thing. Even if you run the OS that it came with, MS Windows, it still sucks. Trying to run Linux on the Sony Vaio is a sick joke.

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Actually, at first Mr. Courtney seemed to like showing off a lot.

Then, on second thought, it hit me he is right: why bother calling names, using foolproof argumentation to prove desktop Linux is ready when you can just kill Windows trolls with a movie shot like this one?

Nice work, indeed. My hat's off to him.

dJb

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blixel Member since:
2005-07-06

Actually, at first Mr. Courtney seemed to like showing off a lot.

Eh ... not it at all. I really like Unix-like Operating Systems. But they have their short comings and I'm the first to admit it. There's no point in being an apologist for your platform of choice. I created the video because anyone can __say__ "Blah blah blah ... it works for me, it's easy... blah blah blah." But like the saying goes, seeing is believing.

Then, on second thought, it hit me he is right: why bother calling names, using foolproof argumentation to prove desktop Linux is ready when you can just kill Windows trolls with a movie shot like this one?

I should have added a full disclosure to my video post. My experience with power management with Linux on the iBook is the *exception to the rule*. Generally speaking, PM with Linux is a royal pain. If it works at all (which it usually doesn't), it is difficult to setup, and once you have it setup, it's even more difficult to maintain. A lot of hardware won't recover from the sleep state. If you're lucky, you can remove the module and re-enable it. If you're unlucky, that hardware is unusable until you do a full system reboot so the hardware can be properly initialized.

All that said, I do see improvements in PM with Linux all the time. It's taking longer than any of us would like, but hopefully it will be a non issue before 2006 is over.

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