With their laptops Toshiba supply software to control the power saving
options of the laptop. Traditionally this has been a Microsoft Windows®
program called MaxTime®. This has allows the user to set things such as LCD
backlight settings, hard disk auto off times, speaker volume etc. Whilst this
is fine if you use Microsoft Windows® as your operating system, if you use
Linux you have been high and dry.
TuxTime is the name of my Linux replacement for MaxTime®. It provides a
complete replacement of MaxTime® enabling you to do all the things
MaxTime® lets you do but under Linux.
TuxTime consists of two components. The first is a small applet program that
displays the remaining capacity of the batteries etc. It also detects any
changes in the power source and modifies the power saving options accordingly.
I plan to have at least three versions of the applet program one for
WindowMaker one for GNOME and one for KDE. Currently only the wmtuxtime
The second program is configuration manager which is called by clicking on
small buttons on the applet. It allows the user to select the different
settings for things such as screen brightness, CPU speed, hard disk auto off
time etc. for external and battery power sources. On exiting these settings are
saved to the configuration file and are used to set the settings when the power
source changes. It also allows the changing of things such as panel power
on/off, power-up mode and speaker volume.
In addition the configuration manager provides a graphical interface to
change the low battery alarm settings for the applet program
The screenshot below shows the Machine Settings dialog box where you
can change settings such as screen brightness, system auto off time,
speaker volume, panel power on/off etc.