> If this cannot be disabled easily, this is a horrible misfeature.
Amen! I leave terminals open to remote machines so I set mine to only suspend if the lid closes while on battery power. An idling laptop with the power management working right doesn't draw that much electricity so I don't really care if it is still running if I close the lid and sit on on a table beside my chair in the living room for an hour or two.
And yes I know all about screen but reconnecting is a lot more work than just opening the lid and having a quick at progress on a long running job or checking something. And screen disables scrollback.
I really don't know who GNOME's target audience is, but it clearly isn't me. And do they really think they have a shot at general audiences in this age of Android and Meego? On the off chance an ODM were to allow a machine to escape into the wild with Linux, they will stuff one of those on as teh desktop. Just hope their rot doesn't go all the way up the stack to the desktop plumbing in freedesktop.org's stuff because about the only way to avoid their alterations to the *NIX Way is *BSD and I'm not too sure how long they will hold out.