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Ubuntu-based distro touted for power management

Jul 15, 2009, 04:32 (0 Talkback[s])

"WattOS is not intended to be the "smallest or fastest," says the project FAQ, which states that Puppy Linux and DSL both lead the way on that count among mature distros. Instead, the group is looking to create a balance between speed and power consumption on the one hand and features on the other. Designed to run on both low-power and older systems, the distro should run "quite pleasant and quick" on any computer with at least 600MHz and 256MB of RAM, says PlanetWatt.

"Another stated goal is to provide users with greater control of power management tradeoffs. Eventually, the group plans to offer a set of "WattPanel" tools for users that will let them "tweak the power consumption and processor performance of their system in an easy point and click fashion," says PlanetWatt. Users will be able to tune a desktop system up or down in performance and consumption "based upon what you need to be doing at the time," says the group."

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