AK Dave wrote:
Its a laptop. There are quirks. It is likely that your quirk is documented and you may need to do nothing more sophisticated than a minor tweak.
I'm sorry, but I'm a newbie.
I'm sorry, but thats evident.
I went to Mint because it works "out of the box".
Its great when that happens. It doesn't always work perfectly "out of the box" for every possible combination of hardware components.
Stop princess, it's help I wanted, not teenaged smartass remarks. I know it's a "refinement" as I've been enthusiastically touting it as such to anyone willing to listen. But REMOVING something that WORKS without tweaking is NOT a refinement, it's REGRESSION.
I did a little bit of digging, and the brand-spanking-new Debian 5 (July2009) supports processor clockspeed scaling. And so do other distributions based on Debian. Mint 6 appeared to manage things quite nicely because automony was good (2 hours versus 20 minutes).
What I've witnessed here, since I'm with Mint, is that some changes offered in Ubuntu arrive significantly late in Mint, and are sometimes implemented with reluctance. This is symptomatic of infighting, not of progress of any kind. For example, in Mint6, Office 2.x instead of the more user-friendly 3.x, ignoring user interface improvements and arguing no significant new features were implemented in 3, saying they'd rather wait for the next version. With this in mind, I suspect that they simply decided to DROP the power management of Mint6, because they know something new is coming in the next release of Ubuntu (seeing it in Debian5), as they prefer concentrating on development of the newer implementation rather than supporting an existing one. It may be a more efficient way to run a shop, to cut corners, but it's not rendering service to the end-users... and I'm an end-user. As such, I'm concerned about the services and features the OS renders to my machin, and when you take something out, that has been developed, tested, implemented, and makes the machine work at it's full potential, and then take it out, I have a problem with that.
So thanks all, for your efforts to help. The fact that someone on the support team/development team hasn't interceded here, tells me I'm probably right. So I'm not going to wait around one year for this to be implemented again. They have the code, and there is no valid reason for it to no longer be included in the release.
I'm either going back to Mint6, or Ubuntu (which may make more sense), or WattOS (which is a bit risky as it's in Beta3).
All are downloaded and burned... I'll take a few days to think over what is best to do looking forward.