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frugal technology, simple living and guerrilla large-appliance repair
Wed, 22 Jan 2014

Fedora -- or any Linux -- with working suspend/resume is awesome

It's been a long time since those halcyon days of mid-2010 through early 2013 when I ran Debian Squeeze and Wheezy on my Lenovo G555 laptop (with AMD CPU and GPU) and had working suspend/resume.

Being able to suspend the laptop and bring it back within seconds by opening the lid changes the way I use the computer. It's pretty much a killer feature. And I've missed it terribly.

And now after eight months in a resume-less wilderness with my HP Pavilion g6-2210us (with AMD APU), I have suspend/resume working again. That it required a GRUB hack is not so much disappointing as just a little sad.

The fact that it took eight months -- and three Fedora releases -- to get to this point says something about me and about the state of Linux on the desktop. Especially regarding new hardware. Had I figured out the "secret" earlier, I might have had suspend/resume that first month.

Oh well, no matter.

I always say it takes six months to a year for any given hunk of hardware to settle down in terms of Linux compatibility. So here I am eight months after my first Linux install on the machine (which I got a couple of months before that, suffering through Windows 8). It was Fedora 18 at the time. Now, after successive (and successful) fedup upgrades, I'm running Fedora 20.

I'm still using the proprietary Catalyst driver (directly from AMD due to the package being orphaned by its RPM Fusion maintainer just before the F20 cycle), and I spent the entire day running Xfce and enjoying excellent performance and extremely cool conditions. CPU-wise, I mean. It runs cool, you see.