I just released Laptop Mode Tools @ version 1.64. And am pleased to introduce the new graphical utility to toggle individual power saving modules in the package.
The GUI is written using the PyQT Toolkit and the options in the GUI are generated at runtime, based on the list of available power saving modules.
Apart from the GUI configuration tool, this release also includes some bug fixes:
Don't touch USB Controller power settings. The individual devices, when plugged in, while on battery, inherit the power settings from the USB controller
start-stop-programs: add support for systemd. Thanks to Alexander Mezin
Replace hardcoded path to udevadm with "which udevadm". Thanks to Alexander Mezin
Honor .conf files only. Thanks to Sven Köhler
Make '/usr/lib' path configurable. This is especially useful for systems that use /usr/lib64, or /lib64 directly. Thanks to Nicolas Braud-Santoni
Don't call killall with the -g argument. Thanks to Murray Campbell
Fix RPM Spec file build errors
The Debian package will follow soon. I don't intend to introduce a new package for the GUI tool because the source is hardly 200 lines. So the dependencies (pyqt packages) will go as Recommeds or Suggests
As someone who learned computers on his own, I always acknowledged the value that the Free Software movement has brought. The accessibility of these topics, which are only supposed to be part of text books and schools, is available for anyone and everyone who has the resource and passion to do it.
But this past week, 2 things made me pretty impressed with the maturity and quality of work that we do.
Filesystem at /dev/mapper/BackupDisk-DATA is mounted on /media/DATA; on-line resizing required
old_desc_blocks = 4, new_desc_blocks = 7
The filesystem on /dev/mapper/BackupDisk-DATA is now 26214400 blocks long.
I didn't have much hope that this extend operation would succeed. But it did. When I initiated this operation, in the background, I had the backups being synced parallely (which actually made me resize my volume. :-)
The other item which made me happy yesterday was Audacity. Once upon a time, when I needed to split a music file to cut a ringtone out of it, I'd go looking for software that could do it. Then I would hope that one of those software vendors have a fully working version and not a demo with just 5 seconds clipping. Cowon was one media player I can recollect I've used to split audio files.
But in this case, I had a different requirement. I needed to increase the dB of my ringtone file so that it sounded really a ringtone (Example: Bourne Ultimatum OST). Audacity, not only did it do the job, it did it for me in just 3-5 minutes. And all with just button clicks. For a n00b with no experience in that domain, I was really impressed.
It is still 2012 in this part of the world and the world is still intact. Since nothing major happened, I thought of spending the new gifted time to add a long pending item to apt-offline. As shown in the screen shots, apt-offline's GUI now has support to detect and display the downloaded offline bug reports.