Kernel Patch Slashes Linux's Power Appetite

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Linux users working on laptops and other portable devices may soon have cause to rejoice thanks to a new kernel patch that finally promises to fix power regression problems associated with recent versions of the software.

Affecting Linux systems using version 2.6.38 or later of the Linux kernel, the problems have dramatically increased the amount of power consumed by Linux, resulting in far fewer hours of use per each battery charge.

Earlier this month, however, a new patch was proposed that appears to be a fix, once and for all.

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