Suggestion for underlying design of power settings infrastructure (was: Re: Power Management and OpenMoko - third power setting)

Michael Shiloh michael at
Thu Feb 28 17:08:18 CET 2008

Michael 'Mickey' Lauer wrote:
> On Thursday 28 February 2008 01:26:04 Andy Green wrote:
>> The real one big win that we have on our side is the full suspend, that
>> is not granular at all because it turns off the CPU core then.  I think
>> instead of exposing a whole 1950s style control panel of options it
>> means we just need to keep things turned off until we need them and as
>> soon as we are done with them, and keep the whole phone in suspend the
>> vast bulk of the time.  All the other options won't make any real
>> difference I think because I just look at the backlight consumption and
>> the rest is largely insignificant.
> Agreed. If we use a clever policy system, there's almost no use for manual 
> intervention for powering on and off subsystems.

Agreed. But I don't want the underlying infrastructure to prevent such 
manual intervention, should a need ever develop.

I'm trying to make a fine distinction here, and perhaps I'm failing to 
make myself clear. Does anyone understand what I'm trying to say?


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