UPower is an abstraction for enumerating power devices,
listening to device events and querying history and statistics.
Any application or service on the system can access the
org.freedesktop.UPower service via the system message bus.
Some operations (such as suspending the system) are restricted using PolicyKit.
UPower was once called DeviceKit-power. UPower aims to make a large chunk of HAL redundant, as HAL is officially deprecated.
UPower is also useful to control the latency of different operations on your computer, which enables you to save significant amounts of power. Nothing much uses this interface yet, but this is a classic chicken and egg scenario, and I think it's important to encourage the egg to lay a chicken. Please report any problems to the DeviceKit mailing list.
Documentation is available here.
Releases are available here.
The source is managed using Git. You can browse the repository using cgit or clone it using the following command:
$ git clone git://anongit.freedesktop.org/upower