Mint 18.3 Cinnamon
i recently decided to go change my screensaver and screen off timings
the screensaver lock setting uses the word "sleep"
the power settings do not use the word terminology it says: "suspend when inactive for:"
this semantic inconsistency had me spending way too much time trying to figure out what sleep meant vs suspend
were they the same thing? they probably are, but how to know for sure? and why use different words?
and now that i'm in research mode why not look into what hybrid sleep means too?
now i'm spending just as much time laboring over how to properly approach this feature of open source instead of treating it like a bug
where is the proper place to address this inconsistency?
- is this a linux mint issue?
- is this a cinnamon issue?
and i understand that documentation is typically not a priority for open source projects
i ended up stumbling upon my own solution to my initial sleep vs suspend quandary
the tool tips that appear when you pause the mouse and hover over each setting held the key
the screensaver setting that says "lock when put to sleep" has a tool tip that says "require password when wake up from suspend"
this made it clear (at least implicitly) that sleep == suspend
so back to hybrid sleep in the power settings to see if it's tool tip is helps
the "enable hybrid sleep" tool tip says "replaces suspend with hybrid sleep"
off to google again we go... and then i decided enough was enough (for today)
so here's my final thoughts:
- is there such a thing as man pages for gui elements?
man pages are great, they are the end-user manuals
why doesn't every gui element have a similarly detailed source of information about how to use it
am i crazy? or am i just getting old and crotchety?
and please do let me know i need to clarify or correct