Do I need xfce4-power-manager (and bluetooth) runnning on a desktop?

Charlie Kravetz cjk at
Tue Nov 10 20:51:00 CET 2015

On Tue, 10 Nov 2015 19:51:56 +0100
Ralf Mardorf <ralf.mardorf at> wrote:

>On Tue, 10 Nov 2015 17:26:45 +0000, Mark Ballard wrote:
>>do I need the power manager running?  
>It's not only intended for laptops, but also for desktop PCs.
>The xfce4-power-manager can be used to e.g. disable and enable screen
>blanking, assumed you disabled it before using the manager by X
>settings, otherwise xfce4-power-manager can't disable it. OTOH
>xfce4-power-manager starts the crappy upowerd and screen blanking can
>be enabled and disabled by xscreensaver-command or xset, without taking
>care to disabled it before by e.g. xorg.conf, as needed for
>xfce4-power-manager. If I use xfce4-power-manager, I need to kill
>upowerd, since it needs too much CPU resources.
>Long story made short, you don't need to autostart xfce4-power-manager.
>It's just Ubuntu's policy to automatically start everything that can
>be autostarted. If you install software, you perhaps don't want to
>install meta-packages and use the --no-install-recommends option, to
>not install software you don't want to install.
>I guess "Xubuntu Studio" should read "Xubuntu" or "Ubuntu Studio" (a
>flavour based on Xubuntu).

Ubuntu Studio switched to Xubuntu based distribution about 4 years ago.
It is now Xubuntu Studio, and probably uses most of the Xubuntu

>If you decide to install such an Ubuntu flavour you should expect an
>user-friendly and not user-centric approach, IOW if you prefer a
>tailored Ubuntu, you perhaps should make a minimal install, e.g. using
>the server image, without installing the server bundle or anything
>else. When I did it, I still needed to remove tons of software and
>disable services. It's simply the user-friendly policy, that comes with
>advantages and disadvantages.
>I'm using both, Arch Linux and Ubuntu. For a tailored install Arch is
>the better way to go, but it requires a little bit knowledge, that
>isn't needed, when installing Ubuntu flavours.
>xfce4-power-manager unlikely is a hard dependency, so you most likely
>could purge it.
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