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  • ACME
    ACME is a small GNOME tool to make use of the multimedia buttons present on most laptops and internet keyboards: Volume, Brightness, Power, Eject, My Home, Search, E-Mail, Sleep, Screensaver, Finance, WWW, Calculator, Record, Close Window, Shade Window, Play, Stop, Pause, Previous, Next, Groups, Media, Refresh and Help buttons.
  • acpitail
    acpitail shows information regarding the battery-state, fan-states, temperatures, and other relevant details of an ACPI capable system (mostly laptops) in a tail-like way.
  • AcpiTool
    AcpiTool is a small command-line application, intended to be a replacement for the apm tool. The primary target audience are laptop users, since these people are most interested in stuff like battery status, thermal status and the ability to put their precious laptop to sleep.
  • Battery Monitor
    Battery Monitor is a battery monitor for laptops. It displays the current status of the battery (charge/discharge and energy level) as well as some information about the general health of the cell.
  • Battery OSD
    Battery OSD displays battery information and other types of system information on screen with the OSD library.
  • battery_monitor
    battery_monitor is a small battery monitoring program for Linux, that you can run in the background from your desktop session or launch from the boot scripts. It is designed with simple goals in mind and provides acoustic and/or visual alerts when your battery level is low or when it is fully charged, so you can take apropiate actions.
  • Battstat
    a GNOME applet that queries the APM system on your laptop and displays it in a graphical window
  • bbacpi
    a simple tool for X that shows some information on the battery of laptops using acpi
  • CardInfo
    a cardinfo replacement for PCMCIA package. Nice interface, uses Xlib
  • configure-thinkpad
    configure-thinkpad is a Gnome ThinkPad configuration tool to make configuring ThinkPad easier. This GUI application uses Gnome 2 and is based on tpctl and ntpctl.
  • Cpuspeedy
    a simple tool written in Python which allows you to change the clock speed and voltage of the CPUs using the Linux's CPUFreq driver. A graphical frontend written in C using GTK+-2 libs is also available
  • E-AcpiPower
    E-AcpiPower is a small Enlightenment epplet which will show you how much power is left in your batteries and when they will be empty.
  • EmiFreq applet
    EmiFreq applet is just a little applet for the Gnome 2 desktop to show and control the CPU frequency scaling for laptops thanks to the CPUFreq /sys interface of the Linux Kernel 2.6.
  • ethwireck
    checks if the wire in the Ethernet port is live
  • FluxBat
    FluxBat is an ACPI based battery monitor for the fluxbox window manager. It includes two parts: a daemon process that runs the update script and the update script itself.
  • FnFX
    enables owners of Toshiba laptops to change the LCD brightness, control the internal fan and use the special keys on their keyboard (Fn-x combinations, hot-keys)
  • GCardScheme
    a GNOME applet that makes it easy to change the PCMCIA-CS card scheme.
  • GkACPI
    a GkrellM plugin to display your battery statistics. It is intended to be a drop-in replacement for the APM monitor
  • Gnome-ACPI
    Gnome-ACPI is a Gnome ACPI viewer. It enables the user to view the battery percentage and AC status from the values in the /proc/acpi directory.
  • gnuPod
    a collection of tools which allow you to use your iPod under Linux and other UNIX- like operating systems. HFS+ and FAT32 formatted iPods are supported
  • GSynaptics
    GSynaptics is a setting tool for Synaptics touchpad driver.
  • GtkPCCard
    an application for managing PC cards, also called PCMCIA cards. It allows users to safely insert, eject, suspend, and resume PC cards. In addition, they can view extensive information about PC cards installed on their system
  • i8kkmon
    a KDE tool for monitoring temperatures on a Dell Inspiron notebook
  • IBAM
    an advanced battery monitor for laptops, which uses statistical and adaptive linear methods to provide accurate estimations of minutes of battery left or of the time needed until full recharge
  • KBatt
    a KDE battery applet for your laptop
  • kcmlaptop
    a KDE control panel for Laptops - puts a battery meter icon in the control strip, also allows you to set up events to occur when the battery power is running low
  • KMilo
    KMilo lets you use the special keys on some keyboards and laptops. Usually this includes volume keys and other features. KMilo is a service of kded, the kde daemon.
  • kpowersave
    povides battery,temperature,ac,cpufreq (SpeedStep,Powernow!) control and monitoring. Proper suspend to disk/ram and standby by shell hooks that are easy to extend. APM and ACPI machines are supported equally
  • LapEnv
    a Lapenv Program for the slackware Distribution. Useful for administrators on laptops and other portable linux based devices
  • Laplock
    laplock locks your computer or laptop using a media card such as USB memory, SD, MMC, or a Memory Stick. Once you register a unique card, the program starts xlock or xscreensaver when it is removed and stops it once it is plugged in again.
  • Lapsus
    Lapsus was created to provide easy access to all features of ASUS laptops. It provides easy control over the laptop's LEDs status, wireless and Bluetooth devices, and brightness of the LCD. These features must be supported by the asus-laptop kernel module from acpi4asus project.
  • Laptop Mode Tools
    Laptop Mode Tools allows you to control various power management settings based on AC/battery power state. Among other things, it controls Linux's "Laptop Mode" feature that allows your hard drive to spin down for extended periods. It can also control CPU frequency scaling and screen blanking timeouts (both terminal and X). It supports automatic hibernation when battery is low.
  • LaptopConfig
    written in C++, uses QT, platform Linux, providing a GUI for accessing ACPI-events (such as Hotkeys), LCD-Brightness, Powerprofiles, project depends on various linux-kerneldrivers for specific notebook vendors
  • light-monitor
    light-monitor is a transparent panel that depends only on X and Xft. It comes with light-calendar, a simple, transparent, and lightweight calendar. These two programs are written to consume the lowest possible amount of resources.
  • Linux ACPI client
    Linux ACPI client is a command-line tool, similar to the "apm" command, that provides information on battery status, AC power, and thermal readings.
  • lphdisk
    a utility for preparing a hibernation partition for APM Suspend-To-Disk
  • Netenv
    a helper utility for Linux laptop users. Before going to run level 2 it pops up a dialog box to choose the current network environment from. When being in a new environment, the data can be entered and saved for later reuse
  • optrandr
    optrandr checks the current X outputs and configures an optimal setting. This can be used to automatically set X outputs to a preferred mode. A typical use case is a laptop using a docking station or not.
  • osdbattery
    a simple application which shows battery info for laptops. This program parses ACPI kernel info and shows it in an on-screen display. It is very useful for notebooks when using full screen applications, since it allows you to monitor your battery state in all applications
  • PCMCIAutils
    PCMCIAutils contains hotplug scripts and initialization tools necessary to allow the PCMCIA subsystem to behave (almost) as every other hotpluggable bus system (e.g. USB, IEEE1394).
  • PowerNowd
    a very simple program that will adjust the speed of your CPU depending on system load. It works as a client of the CPUFreq driver. It is designed for use with CPU's supporting AMD's PowerNow power management scheme, as it's algorithm works better if there are more then two CPU speeds available
  • PowerTOP
    PowerTOP is a Linux tool that finds the software component(s) that make your laptop use more power than necessary while it is idle. As of Linux kernel version 2.6.21, the kernel no longer has a fixed 1000Hz timer tick. This will (in theory) give a huge power savings because the CPU stays in low power mode for longer periods of time during system idle.
  • Prey
    Prey lets you keep track of your phone or laptop at all times, and will help you find it if it ever gets lost or stolen. It's lightweight, open source software, and free for anyone to use.
  • QSynaptics
    a QT based configuration utility for the synaptics touchpad drivers. It uses the synclient/syndaemon tools delivered by the X11 driver
  • RadeonTool
    allows you to manipulate an ATI Radeon video card. It supports the disablement and enablement of the backlight and HD15 video output, which can save power
  • S-Jog
    a program that uses the Sony Vaio laptops Jog Wheel to do various things
  • synaptiks
    synaptiks is a touchpad application for KDE 4. It provides a touchpad configuration module for System Settings, and a service that switches the touchpad off automatically if external mice are plugged in or if the keyboard is active.
  • ThinkPad Buttons
    enables the IBM ThinkPad(tm) special keys. It is possible to bind a program to the ThinkPad button. It has a on-screen display (OSD) to show volume, mute, brightness of the LCD and some other things
  • tkPCCard
    a handy PC Card (PCMCIA) manager, written in Python, but using a Tk/Tix interface. So, Tkinter, Tk, and Tix are required to run this application. This tool allows you to suspend and safely eject PC CARDS, as well as view detailed information about the cards and their status in a graphical environment
  • tkpile
    tkpile grabs APM/ACPI information and displays the current status of the battery in your laptop.
  • toshiba_hci
    toshiba_hci works by using the Intel SMM interface and using it to send appropriate values to the Toshiba HCI. This tool re-implements several of the functions of the 'Toshiba laptops extras' and ACPI Linux kernel patches.
  • tpctl
    a ThinkPad configuration tool for Linux
  • umtsmon
    UMTSmon is a tool to control and monitor a 3G (WCDMA, UMTS, HSDPA) card in a laptop. It handles PIN codes, operator choice (roaming), sending/receiving SMS, and the setup of the connection.
  • wmbatteries
    a dockapp for windowmaker, fluxbox, blackbox... and is based on wmacpiload. the dockapp provides information of up to 2 batteries at time,remaining battery time and also cpu temperature or current power consumption
  • Wmbattery
    displays the status of your laptop's battery in a small icon. This includes if it is plugged in, if the battery is charging, how many minutes of battery life remain, battery life remaining (with both a percentage and a graph), and battery status (high - green, low - yellow, or critical - red)
  • wmpower
    a Window Maker dock application allowing the user to graphically see (and set) the power management status of his laptop
  • xacpi
    xacpi is a patched version of xapm for ACPI. It can display the battery remaining time (either for complete discharge or complete charge, depending on the current state), a colored bar indicating the charge, the CPU temperature, the CPU frequency, and the date and time.
  • Xacpimon
    Xacpimon is a simple battery gauge for Linux notebooks that support the Advanced Configuration and Power Interface specification.
  • XPS Led Changer
    XPS Led Changer is a graphical front-end for the dellLEDCtl program so you can easily change the colors and intensity of your Dell XPS notebook with just some mouse clicks. You can also save your selection so it keeps your choice between reboots.
  • yacpi
    an acpi monitoring program for notebooks. It displays various acpi information like battery status an ac status



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