I have one simple need for an operating system that I can use as a daily driver; I want an OS that can just go to sleep after a designated period of time unless there is media playing, i.e. videos or music. To me that seems like such a simple and basic requirement for an operating system. I want to be able to walk up to my machine and just log in, Google something real fast and walk away with the assurance that it will just go to sleep in a couple of minutes.
On the flip side I want to be able to play a full length movie from any web site or a full length album from my hard drive and just walk away and let my media play without the machine shutting down after a few minutes. Is there any Linux distro that can do these two simple things.
This post is specifically regarding the newest Ubuntu and Linux versions, Ubuntu 18.04 and Linux 19. These two distros have the bug that a simple suspend after a designated period of time no longer works. In my household I have several people that use my machine and they are not that computer literate. My wife for example just wants to check an email or Google a recipe and just walk away from the computer. I want the computer to just go to sleep automatically after she walks away from the computer. This feature does not work in the current versions of Linux Mint (Cinnamon) or the current Kubuntu or Ubuntu.
Conversely there has never been a way to just select an album to play with any of the available apps and then play the whole album without the machine suspending the playback after about 20 or 30 minutes unless you go through a series of menus and select different suspend features every time that you use the machine. I want to play a 2 hour concert all the way though or a 30 minute song-set by just playing the file without having to adjust the suspend time for every different file length.
These are things that Windows does automatically yet I have tried at least 60 or more different Linux distros and none of them seem able to do this. What is so hard about writing a simple suspend code?
This is just the latest in my requests for assistance. I have also started threads at the Ubuntu forum and have not received any answers. Maybe someone here has written some code that would help the situation.