[maemo-users] Battery Life

From: Andrew Flegg andrew at bleb.org
Date: Thu Aug 16 19:17:43 EEST 2007
On 8/16/07, Igor Stoppa <igor.stoppa at nokia.com> wrote:
> On Thu, 2007-08-16 at 16:51 +0100, ext Andrew Flegg wrote:
> > Given the importance of this to battery life, it would be cool if apps
> > were sent SIGSUSP when they were minimized or some the user stopped
> > interacting with them. If an application (e.g. media player) wanted to
> > override this behaviour, they could do so in their .desktop file,
> > .service file or osso_initialize() call.
> No.
> Apps that do useless stuff are buggy and the bugs must be fixed.

Battery life eating is a particularly tricky bug to nail down to a
single application (or home applet).

> You are proposing a shortcut that is encouraging crappy code to be
> written, since the system will always take care of saying: "psst,
> pretend to be a properly written piece of code".

Yes, I am. On the basis that this is a) easier and b) more likely than
getting end-user tools to properly diagnose which applications aren't
well behaved.

> Would you be happy if your foregrounded app would run and drain the
> battery while it's doing nothing and waiting for you to press a button?

No, which is why I uninstalled Maemochron PDQ.

> Have you ever wondered how come your typical GHz PC can have performance
> sometimes comparable with an internet tablet?

No, I haven't wondered. I'm a software engineer: I understand the
issues, I just live in the real world of half-arsed Maemo ports and
believe it should be as easy as possible to do these properly.



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