GNOME Bugzilla – Bug 693058
option to suspend a desktop computer should be visible without Alt key
Last modified: 2013-02-05 08:36:00 UTC
Since bug #643457 was fixed we now have the "Power Off" option in the status menu which allows you to shut down or restart the computer. An option to suspend is not there, for my laptop this is not a problem because it will suspend when I close the lid.
But my desktop computer obviously has no lid. Now *I* know I can use the Alt key to change the "Power Off" option to "Suspend", but many who are not so familiar with GNOME will not know and won't be able to figure it out.
Suspend is necessary because it is the best compromise between saving energy and quickly resuming work. My system takes a while to start up. So I hope maybe we can put the "Suspend" option in the "Power Off" dialog? Or maybe in the status menu directly? There's plenty of space.
You can also press the power button to suspend, or the suspend key, if you keyboard has one.
There already plenty of ways to suspend, besides the menu and the lid, which is why the menu option was hidden behind alt.
Thanks, never knew my power button could suspend, that works for me too. I'm closing the bug then. I'm still wondering though if this function of the power button should be considered common knowledge.