MicroMiser – Power Saving Software for Ubuntu Laptops/Desktops/Servers

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MiserWare MicroMiser is an intelligent software power management solution for x86 servers, laptops, and PCs running Linux. MicroMiser automatically optimizes a system to use energy more efficiently without compromising performance or availability. The MicroMiser Power Management Daemon (see below) when installed on a server, laptop, or PC, matches the energy consumed by the system to the load on the system automatically. MicroMiser typically lowers total system energy use by 10-35% even when a system is 100% utilized. MicroMiser also tracks the energy saved for use in estimating cost savings and carbon emission reductions.

MicroMiser Features

* MicroMiser performance impact is negligible.

* MicroMiser does not mess with your current OS kernel or any of its modules.

* MicroMiser plays nicely with other software.

* MicroMiser estimates your energy savings without the need for additional hardware.

* MicroMiser is easy to add and remove since it uses native Linux packages.

* Except for the energy savings, you’ll barely notice MicroMiser is there.

Install Micromiser in ubuntu

First you need to create miserware account from here to download the latest beta version

Ubuntu 9.10 Installation instructions (This may not work for everyone if you register  you might get new repository key)

Run the following commands from your terminal

1.  sudo apt-get install apt-transport-https

2. sudo mkdir -p /usr/share/miserware-repo

3. sudo su -c ‘echo 5CEF1A4236333078E1A57E952E14349F > /usr/share/miserware-repo/key'

4. Download and install this package.https://download.miserware.com/5CEF1A4236333078E1A57E952E14349F/linux/deb/ubuntu/karmic/miserware-repo-latest.deb

5. sudo apt-get update

Try this program and let us know if you see any difference

You can check FAQ on this from here

After installing you can check power savings using the following commands from your terminal

sudo grep Estimated\ energy /var/log/*

alternatively, to output it to a text file simply run the following (replace /path/to/filename.txt with your desired destination;

sudo grep Estimated\ energy /var/log/* > /path/to/filename.txt

Sample output

Jan 20 15:33:30 ubuntu micromiser[4519]: Estimated energy saved since MicroMiser start: 0.000007kWh (12.69%)
Jan 20 15:33:36 ubuntu micromiser[4519]: Estimated energy saved since MicroMiser start: 0.000017kWh (10.92%)
Jan 20 15:33:48 ubuntu micromiser[4519]: Estimated energy saved since MicroMiser start: 0.000055kWh (15.05%)
Jan 20 15:34:12 ubuntu micromiser[4519]: Estimated energy saved since MicroMiser start: 0.000177kWh (22.80%)
Jan 20 15:35:00 ubuntu micromiser[4519]: Estimated energy saved since MicroMiser start: 0.000347kWh (21.40%)

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25 thoughts on “MicroMiser – Power Saving Software for Ubuntu Laptops/Desktops/Servers

  1. is it under a foss license?

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    admin Reply:

    The MicroMiser personal edition is free for personal use only.

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  2. Very cool.

    I’m on a netbook with an Intel Atom N270 processor. Until now it reports ~35% saved.

    If the saving results in increased battery life MicroMiser could be a must-have app!

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  3. Wow! I only get a 13% improvement on my desktop, but I get a 59.96% improvement on my laptop! That’s great!!!

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  4. this is what i am running into

    anthony@HP:~$ sudo su -c ‘echo 5CEF1A4236333078E1A57E952E14349F > /usr/share/miserware-repo/key’
    bash: /usr/share/miserware-repo/key’: Permission denied

    ideas anyone?

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  5. Thanks for your help dRewsus

    after completing the instructions my output reads

    z /var/log/debug.3.gz /var/log/debug.4.gz /var/log/dist-upgrade /var/log/dmesg /var/log/dmesg.0 /var/log/dmesg.1.gz /var/log/dmesg.2.gz /var/log/dmesg.3.gz /var/log/dmesg.4.gz /var/log/dpkg.log /var/log/dpkg.log.1 /var/log/dpkg.log.2.gz /var/log/faillog /var/log/fontconfig.log /var/log/fsck /var/log/gdm /var/log/installer /var/log/jockey.log /var/log/jockey.log.1 /var/log/kern.log /var/log/kern.log.1 /var/log/kern.log.2.gz

    thats just a snippet of the total output, but it all looks similar. definately not what the sample output above looks like

    any idea?

    thanks in advance

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  6. @Anthony:

    After installing the repositories as detailed above try

    sudo apt-get install micromiser-beta

    Then give it a little time and

    sudo grep Estimated\ energy /var/log/*

    Maximize your terminal for better overview of the output.

    :)

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  7. It reports a saving (mine currently reports 47.91%).

    A cool thing would be if someone could come up with a way to test if this is real.

    Substantial savings should result in increased battery life for laptops. I haven’t had the time to test this but if someone has please post your results.

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  8. thanks mchlbk

    followed the above suggestions and still get the same weird output

    the link to the beta you supplied didnt work though as it cant find the app

    thanks

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  9. @@frriction and anthony
    I’m getting the same output like you on 9.10 32bit as well.
    I got an email from frriction MicroMiser:

    “We’re pleased that you are interested in MicroMiser. First, verify that
    MicroMiser is up and running by issuing the following command in a terminal:

    ps -C micromiser

    If MicroMiser is not running, there will be no log of energy savings from the
    software. If it appears that MicroMiser is indeed running, then the following
    command should enable you to see your logged energy savings:

    sudo grep Estimated\ energy /var/log/* | grep -v auth

    The addition of the “| grep -v auth” part should remove the gibberish you were
    seeing from your auth.log file.”

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  10. I solved it. Just go to the Synaptic Package Manager: search for micromiser-beta then install it. After verify that
    MicroMiser is up and running by issuing the following command in a terminal:

    wst@wst-laptop:~$ ps -C micromiser
    PID TTY TIME CMD
    2812 ? 00:00:00 micromiser

    have fun!

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  11. @admin#

    The MicroMiser personal edition is free for personal use only.
    #
    can i have the source code for personal use?

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  12. I just installed this software on a fresh install of Ubuntu 9.10.
    I took my laptop to class prior to install MicroMiser and it barely made it through the lecture. Assuming that this software actually reduces power usage I will be able to make it past the lecture in better battery standing.

    This may not be an accurate test but that is all I can do to contribute.

    I installed the software by making an account and following the instructions because, like mentioned earlier, each user has a different key.

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  13. I have not really found that this increases my battery life. Maybe someone else can do better tests, I’m just comparing to previous experiences.

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