Having the ability to schedule shutting down, rebooting and suspend while using your Ubuntu Linux powered computer can be quite handy for some users. And when it comes doing that I’ve tried few GUI tools in the past but most failed to work in recent versions of Ubuntu for some reason.
But then I found a tool called “qshutdown” and luckily it worked without any issues. It’s an extremely simple GUI tool that lets you schedule:
*. Suspend (although not just scheduling, I never had that much success with “Suspend” in Ubuntu for some reason). .
*. And finally Hibernate your PC.
It has a simple UI but heck you can change a lot of settings using its “Preferences” window too.
For instance you can use the built in calender for scheduling, disable “warnings” (it pops up from time to time, yikes!), launch it at system startup, enable/disable screen locking when Suspending and Hibernate, add a password, change the font and a few more.
You can easily access it via the notification icon as well.
If however functions like Shutdown and Reboot didn’t work for you, then you can try alternate method described in its “info” page but as said it worked flawlessly in my Ubuntu 11.10 though.
You can install qshutdown in Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot, 11.04 Natty Narwhal, 10.10 and 10.04 by using it’s PPA (thanks goes to Hakaishi). For that, as usual use the below commands in your Terminal window.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:hakaishi/qshutdown
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install qshutdown
Yep that should do it.