Linked by Rahul on Fri 6th Mar 2009 08:37 UTC
X11, Window Managers Plymouth is a project to create a flicker free graphical bootup system designed and developed by Red Hat and included in Fedora 10. Red Hat has been working on Xorg drivers and within the Linux kernel to improve and enhance the kernel mode support needed for Plymouth. Fedora 10 included support for many ATI cards and this is being developed further in Fedora 11 to cover Intel and Nvidia cards as well. Plymouth supports a flexible and powerful plug-in system which can be used to create Plymouth themes. Fedora includes several of them including a simple progress bar and the solar plugin. Now additional work is being done to improve many things and this will land up in Fedora 11 as well.
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I'm not struggling with "how things worked". I've started using Ubuntu a long time ago because I didn't wanted to get stuck in arcane distros like Slackware, so I've been trying to keep up with the evolution of things.

Well there is your problem.
I've found Ubuntu to be one of the worst dristo's for needless rebooting (though, even Ubuntu picks up the maximum screen resolution on my laptop)

My current preferred distro, Arch, picks up the dual head on my laptop and i can just plug / unplug additional monitors to my hearts content. Never had a problem with that until I switched to Ubuntu.

The problem with Ubuntu is, to make it more usable to the novice, they've sacrificed some of the shortcuts us experieced users would take in the more hands on distros.
So if your problem is having to constantly reboot to apply changes - then perhaps you shouldn't be using such a beginner level Linux.

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