Ubuntu 7.10 “Gutsy” Battery Monitoring Feature

By | 2007/08/18

I installed a second machine the other day with Ubuntu 7.10 “Gutsy” Tribe (alpha) 4 release. Based on my initial positive experience on my other machine I thought I’d give it a try. Well, so far so good–things are running great. I love having new features. I think I may just consider running perpetual alpha from now on. Nothing like bleeding edge ehh?

Gutsy telling me that my battery is no good anymore or that its old.

I thought I’d share a screenshot of something I was presented with when I booted this machine this morning. I should mention this machine is probably 3-4 years old at this point and I’m sure Gutsy is absolutely correct in its message. I just thought it was pretty cool that it could tell and would notify me. I’ll let the screenshot do the talking…

9 thoughts on “Ubuntu 7.10 “Gutsy” Battery Monitoring Feature

  1. Jake

    If you did stick with it, you wouldn’t be entirely alone. I have a beta release of Breezy on one PC still.

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  2. Henrik

    Thats cool. Always handy to see what the next version of ubuntu comes up with.

    But I wonder how it calculates it. Does it depend on charging time or that it will never reach 100% maybe?

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  3. Matt Jones

    Mine did that as well, and then promptly shut down, even if unplugged for a secong. This was on once of the previous tribes, so it may have been fixed now. Under windows I get about 30 minutes. I must stop being such a cheapskate and splash out 50 quid on a new battery.

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  4. ted

    and here I thought this was a Gnome feature as it does this one every single gnome desktop I’ve used. How bout that. Glad you threw down the gauntlet by saying it’s an Ubuntu feature.

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  5. Lane

    You just about have me convinced to install now and not wait for the release. A question: If I install now, will Synaptic move me all the way to the release version through updates?

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  6. jmp

    @Henrik:

    The battery is probably able to tell something about its current condition. For example on this laptop
    $ cat /proc/acpi/battery/BAT0/info
    says:

    design capacity: 38880 mWh

    last full capacity: 16030 mWh

    which basically means that the battery is not that good anymore.

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  7. Ubuntu Tutorials

    Erin – thanks for the links there. I’d say your message trumps mine, but at least my machine is going to continue working :)

    Lane – continuing to do the upgrades until the final release should put you at the same final product, yes. This is what I have been doing since the days of Dapper if I remember correctly. I can never wait for the final so I’m usually running the alpha by the 2-3rd release. Some may argue that you’ll get a cleaner final product if you re-install with the final release CD, but they should be pretty much the same in the end.

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  8. erin

    It wasn’t for real :p

    Unfortunately smartmontools’ automatic disk detection is extremely broken, and at this moment getting smartd running reliably without user having to configure it is impossible…

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