The future of Power Management - together with Activities
drf54321 at gmail.com
Sat Oct 1 14:27:48 UTC 2011
Hello all, and sorry for cross-posting.
Me and Bjorn have been discussing extensively about how to improve the current
situation with Power Management in KDE. We focused on simplicity, still
without losing power-user features. And we have a plan I'd like to share and
get some feedback on.
The first, important part: we plan to remove the "Warning" step and the
possibility of creating profiles manually. The reason behind this choice will
be clearer later. So we will have just 3 static profiles: one for AC power,
one for the PC running on battery, one for the PC running on low battery.
At the same time, the combobox for selecting a profile in the battery applet
will be removed. It will, although, be replaced by a toggle button for
inhibition: by enabling/disabling it, power management features regarding
screen suspension, notifications and screen power management will be
suspended. Technically speaking, the battery applet will trigger a full
inhibition on the power manager while this button is still on.
And how do we cope with the users wanting to have very specific behavior in
certain situations? This is where activities kick in. We will allow to
configure a "profile" for each activity, if the user wants to, in two
different ways: action override and profile override. Let me expand.
Suppose you want to have an activity named "Sleep", in which you watch a
movie, and the PC will shutdown after 90 mins of inactivity. In this case, you
would just specify to override the "Suspend Session" action. Or, you want to
have an activity where you always want a profile which lets you run at full
speed. You can define a whole new profile for it. Bottom line: manual profiles
become "activity profiles".
Hopefully, this solution will please everyone and will make activities even
more useful. Do you like it? More suggestions? Speak now or shut up forever!
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