The future of Power Management - together with Activities

Michael Pyne mpyne at
Sun Oct 2 18:35:15 BST 2011

On Sunday, October 02, 2011 11:07:29 Thomas Zander wrote:
> So the way I see activities is that you can map a lot of those settings that
> are frankly all over the place onto a real-world activity.
> Plasma added a nice user interface for it and things suddenly became more
> consistent.

This is great, and should continue. In fact I said as much in my other emails.

> So to go back to the initial point, in my view the power management and the
> activities concept are not at all orthogonal, its a natural evolution.

The are orthogonal. One is "this is what I'm doing now". The other is "this is 
how I want my computer to manage power-related options". They are correlated 
certainly, but not necessarily so.

And look at it from the user perspective. The DE *should* be smart, but if the 
user decides that this one time he wants the computer to act as if the AC cord 
were plugged in even though it's not, and even though he normally wants 
something different in the current activity then who are we to tell them 

And even assuming the user knows how to do this, if they want to change power 
management options we are saying that they need to duplicate an existing 
activity, change the power management options in that new one, and switch to 
that new activity to do *the same thing* they were doing before. The only one 
doing something different now is the *computer*. This is my point about 

 - Michael Pyne
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