Conky + ACPI = Thank Goodness!
I’ve been trying to get ACPI setup properly on my laptop now for a long time. Finally though with Conky I’ve got it worked out. Conky will now display the amount of battery I have left (in hours and minutes) and also tell me whether or not I’m on battery or AC power. I’m not quite sure yet what the point of the second one is. As a laptop user, I’ve never been unsure of which power source I’m using. The screen darkens, suddenly my computer is running slower. It becomes rather obvious when I loose AC power. I guess someone out there must have theirs register no change between the switch. I still like having conky tell me though, if for no other reason then just proving to myself that I finally got the damn thing to work. Setting all of this up on my 8200 has been a pain. The downside as of right now is I still do not have CPU throttling enabled. OK, its enabled in the kernel, but its not actually doing anything. If I unplug the power the CPU is stuck at 100%. So its just not working right now. As far at the laptop goes though, that’s next on the to do list. I’m sure there is a Gentoo Wiki article somewhere on setting this up so I’m not worried about it.
Enjoy the Penguins!