Robert Persson wrote:

>But what's wrong with tools to make things easier if they don't impair the 
>performance of the system?  Why not have a nice simple X-configurator that 
>does the job of the SuSE or mandrake equivalents?  You could even unmerge it 

To me this depends upon what level of X configurability you are talking

1. Do you want something for initial configuration, to recognize the
graphics card, monitor, keyboard and mouse, and make a reasonable
defaults to get those things working at a decent color depth and resolution?

2. Or do you want something that allows you to tweak and configure every
possible setting of the graphics card, monitor timings, mouse sample
rates, etc.

For me, #1 is silly on a modern computer, because all of that can be
detected and configured automatically.  The X server can detect what
graphics chip I have, how large my LCD screen is, what kind of USB mouse
I have, etc.  Autoconfiguration is the goal of "X -configure",  and
indeed you should be able to run even *without* a configuration
file and have it use sane defaults.  Most users don't want to have to
configure such basic details, whether it is in a GUI or not, just like
they don't expect to tell the system how much memory is installed.

I might want to adjust some of those settings, which is where something
like #2 would be useful.  But I doubt anyone could sanely do this for
every possible setting on every possible driver including the
proprietary ones.


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