Re: Attempted summary of suspend-blockers LKML thread

From: Mikael Abrahamsson
Date: Sun Aug 01 2010 - 02:24:48 EST

On Sat, 31 Jul 2010, Paul E. McKenney wrote:

available to do the programming and how valuable power-awareness is for the application in question. Given that people who program PC-class applications are much more common than are people who program with energy efficiency in mind, the power-naive choice will be attractive in many cases.

I own a Nokia N900. Some applications are ported straight from regular Linux and they're definitely power-naive, as they have little or no optimization for mobile. I agree that this is not "sloppy" or "bad", it's just that mobile (low power) wasn't the intended target of the application when it was written, and this commonly shows.

Just like some people will burn CPU cycles by writing their application in a high-level language because it requires fewer man-hours and that you get thousands of cpu-hours for the cost of a man-hour programming the thing (often by externalising the true cost of power which makes power even less of a problem), not caring much about power is rational behaviour when creating an application for pc.

Just look at flash ads, they consume huge amounts of power and they commonly never stop. I imagine that the power used by PCs around the world displaying web pages with advertising with the monitor in power-save mode (powered down) can be counted in gigawatts. When I need my battery to last on my laptop I make sure I don't have any unneccessary tabs enabled because it seriously affects my battery time. I think laptop users would benefit from more power optimized applications as well, so if the OS could do the same for laptop/desktop use as well (spending less time on programs updating display when the display is off), I think there are real world benefits for every desktop/laptop/mobile user.

If nothing else, it's environmentally friendly.

Mikael Abrahamsson email: swmike@xxxxxxxxx
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