[Bug 604635] [NEW] [Maverick] Have default settings be energy star 5.0 compliant

Jerone Young jerone.young at canonical.com
Mon Jul 12 14:25:42 UTC 2010

Public bug reported:

Binary package hint: gnome-power-manager

Energy star is a standard backed by the US government to set standards for energy use of devices.
The specification for Operating System settings can be found here:

Spec direct link (page 13):

Also to better help understand Energy Star. The Open Suse team actually heavily looked into this, and have a great presentation here:

The reason you want to be Energy star compliant:

- Many retailers will not sell machines that are not Energy Star compliant
- Most Government agencies will not buy hardware solutions that are not Energy Star compliant
- OEMs are now pushing heavily to have all hardware be Energy Star compliant
     - The OS software default settings are apart of the Energy Star compliance of machines

There are only two default settings preventing Ubuntu from being energy star compliant:
* Put display to Sleep within 15 minutes of user inactivity when on A/C
        - Currently this is set to 30 min. So setting it to 15 or below would fix this.
* Activate computer's Sleep mode within 30 minutes of user inactivity when on A/C.
        - Currently this is set to never
        - It is also under stood that this could potentially have user experience impact

If this is not completely possible (agreed) to do. OEMs whould like to
have a Energy Star button in Gnome Power Management interface that would
set settings to be energy star compliant.

** Affects: oem-priority
     Importance: Medium
         Status: New

** Affects: gnome-power-manager (Ubuntu)
     Importance: Undecided
         Status: New

** Also affects: oem-priority
   Importance: Undecided
       Status: New

** Changed in: oem-priority
   Importance: Undecided => Medium

[Maverick] Have default settings be energy star 5.0 compliant
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