On April 5, 2005 11:11 pm, quoth Richard Fish:
> 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
> about.
> 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 X.org even *without* a configuration
> file and have it use sane defaults.  Most users don't want to have to

My experience was that the tools that shipped with X.org didn't give me a 
working configuration.  I ended up with irrecoverable desktop lock-ups.  
That's why I could have done with another tool.  There were also bugs in 
x.org which prevented the XF86Config from my SuSE installation working until 
I upgraded from SuSE 9.1 to 9.2, ran SaX again, and finally got something I 
could actually use in Gentoo.

As far as tweaking goes, I expect to have to do that by hand anyway.  Not even 
SaX could get xinerama exactly right (the displays line up at the top rather 
than the bottom, even though phyisical screens on a physical desk usually 
line up at the bottom).
Robert Persson

"No matter how much ye shake yer peg
The last wee drap rins doon yer leg."
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