Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 14th Dec 2006 22:19 UTC
X11, Window Managers "Chapter 5 of the FreeBSD Handbook provides an excellent overview for understanding and configuring the X Window system. Today's article goes beyond the Handbook to demonstrate some of the cool things you can do with your FreeBSD system and other systems running X."
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RE: Fun
by Doc Pain on Sat 16th Dec 2006 21:35 UTC in reply to "Fun"
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2006-10-08

"Fun for me is when I don't have to deal with garbage like xorg.conf at all. "

I think it's okay to have a user servicable configuration file for X. It allows (i) people who know what they're doing and (ii) people who want to experimentate and test non-standard things. I don't want to rely on a fancy GUI frontend with blinking and squeaking buttons to change things in X - especially when they don't work.

Just imagine you own a Sun fixed frequency monitor. The system is starting - you see nothing. You can only plug in the serial console and change xorg.conf to enter the correct frequencies, restart X and - voilla - there's your X. That was fun for me.

Or you have a couple of old PC stuff with 12" monochrome monitors to set up in a psychological testing lab (where this hardware still is more than acceptable). Starting X with a default of 1400x1050 @ 85 Hz would blow up the monitors. That would be fun, too. :-)

Autodetecting is already working (something like "X --configure" if I remember correctly) that will create a working xorg.conf file. Then you don't need to touch the file anymore - but if you want to do it, you can do it. With an "autodetect only" system you won't be able to, so that wouldn't be any fun.

Control should be where it belongs to - in the hands of the people who know what they're doing. If you don't want to use xorg.conf - you don't have to. The choice is yours. Having both possibilites (autodetect, servicable file) is the best solution in my opinion.

"Well, I guess I'm different."

I won't say anything... :-)

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