How to start mate without poking the button

Hi! just upgraded to Mate with a live DVD- so easy, wow! over top of Ubuntu 14.04.
just wondered… is it possible to let it go to sleep like Windows used to do, and start it up without poking the button on the tower?
I am almost afraid to like this too much. it’s VERY fast, and Ubuntu had slowed to a crawl on my older computer.

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As far as I know it should be possible with Suspend.

It depends on the hardware.

For sleeping (suspending), some computers wake up (like my desktop) by pressing any key on the keyboard (USB). Others (like my netbook) require the power button.

Many desktops in the BIOS have an option to “Power by keyboard”, or even set a “password” that you can type in to power on or wake up.