Weird downstream Power Manager changes?

Dylan McCall dylanmccall at
Tue Jun 3 14:21:32 UTC 2008

John Williams' blog post [1] about the horrible usability breakage in
the "Computer failed to suspend" popup reminded me of some other
downstream changes to GNOME Power Manager that appear, frankly, to have
been done entirely as busy work and do absolutely nothing for usability.

Power Management Preferences has been needlessly crippled. The sliders
to control when the computer sleeps and when the display sleeps all have
a lower limit of "21 minutes". How is that in any way power saving if
the display stays on for 21 minutes before switching off while on
battery? In base GNOME, there is no such bottom limit; the user is given
full control. If anything, the extra control is healthy for usability.
That bottom limit confused me and, if I ran on battery more often, would
have had me on a very long quest for answers.

I guess the point of this writing is as follows: What's with the change?

-Dylan M

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