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Why radeontool?




Yesterday, when I ran 'yum update' on F7 I got two packages
installed for which I can't find a reason (see yum log
excerpt below).

The two new packages are vbetool and radeontool.  From
what I can find, both used to be part of pm-utils.

I really don't know about vbetool, maybe it's needed, but
radeontool is described as:
   "radeontool is a hack to save some battery on an
    ATI Radeon Mobility graphics chip. Radeontool can
    turn off and on the backlight and external video
    output."

But, my platform is a desktop, not a laptop, with a GeForce
6800 GT video card.

Using yumex, I tried uninstalling radeontool to see what
depended on it; there were nearly 200 of them and pretty
much none of those were optional. They included most of
the OpenOffice pkgs, Control-Center and system-config-*,
for example.

Can anyone explain, or even speculate, why radeontool?

Regards,
Doug Wyatt

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Sep 27 14:50:19 Updated: mysql-libs.i386 5.0.45-1.fc7
Sep 27 14:50:23 Updated: libtiff.i386 3.8.2-8.fc7
Sep 27 15:00:39 Installed: kernel.i686 2.6.22.7-85.fc7
Sep 27 15:00:41 Updated: libquicktime.i386 1.0.0-1.lvn7
Sep 27 15:00:42 Updated: libieee1284.i386 0.2.11-1.fc7
Sep 27 15:00:46 Updated: mysql.i386 5.0.45-1.fc7
Sep 27 15:00:46 Installed: vbetool.i386 0.7-2.fc7
Sep 27 15:00:47 Installed: radeontool.i386 1.5-2.fc7
Sep 27 15:00:48 Updated: fuse-libs.i386 2.7.0-5.fc7
Sep 27 15:00:51 Installed: kmod-nvidia.i686 100.14.19-1.2.6.22.7_85.fc7
Sep 27 15:01:03 Updated: mysql-server.i386 5.0.45-1.fc7
Sep 27 15:01:06 Updated: mysql-devel.i386 5.0.45-1.fc7
Sep 27 15:01:10 Updated: crossvc.i386 1.5.2-1.fc7
Sep 27 15:01:12 Updated: smartmontools.i386 1:5.37-3.2.fc7
Sep 27 15:01:15 Updated: fuse.i386 2.7.0-5.fc7
Sep 27 15:01:16 Updated: libquicktime-utils.i386 1.0.0-1.lvn7
Sep 27 15:01:18 Updated: pm-utils.i386 0.99.4-3.fc7
Sep 27 15:01:34 Updated: kernel-headers.i386 2.6.22.7-85.fc7
Sep 27 15:02:02 Updated: kernel-doc.noarch 2.6.22.7-85.fc7
Sep 27 15:02:08 Updated: libtiff-devel.i386 3.8.2-8.fc7
Sep 27 15:02:10 Updated: libieee1284-devel.i386 0.2.11-1.fc7
Sep 27 15:02:19 Updated: gnomebaker.i386 0.6.2-2.fc7


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