Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sat 17th Mar 2007 00:26 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu During my 8 years of Linux on and off usage I have tried more distros than I have chocolate bars. Each one of my previous encounters meant that I had to spend at least 2 days configuring before I have a desktop that I was somewhat comfortable with. With Ubuntu Feisty Fawn's latest test beta --for the first time ever-- this was not the case. I was up and running with all the niceties I wanted within 2 hours.
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It is the stupid little issues
by deathshadow on Sat 17th Mar 2007 10:07 UTC
deathshadow
Member since:
2005-07-12

That still keep linux from breaking through... As put in the article, stupid little ussues that "Should not be there"

Like having to STILL FUTZ with the xorg.conf for modelines on plug and play monitors that report their rates and modes properly. X is STILL the only system that has EVER 'required' this nonsense... Sure, the option to manually futz with them is cute, but beyond the skills of most beginners and the patience of many old hats.

Combine this with the total BULL that is video drivers and getting base functionality Windows and MacOS had a decade or more ago, and the result is something that makes Windows 3.0 look polished and refined in terms of how video modes are handled.

DPMS/P&P monitor info has worked reliably for over a decade, when in blazes is X going to catch the hell up?

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blitze Member since:
2006-09-15

X-org will catch up with the next main release from what I understand. Then it will not only catch up to Windows and OS-X but surpass.

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

//Like having to STILL FUTZ with the xorg.conf for modelines on plug and play monitors that report their rates and modes properly. X is STILL the only system that has EVER 'required' this nonsense... Sure, the option to manually futz with them is cute, but beyond the skills of most beginners and the patience of many old hats. //

Both PCLinuxOS ans SuSe (at least) have GUI "control panel" equivalents for video driver parameters adjustment.

The one in PCLinuxOS/Mandriva is called XFdrake.

The one in SuSe is part of Yast.

There is at least one xorg.conf GUI editor for Ubuntu ... it is called xorg-edit.

http://www.cyskat.de/dee/progxorg.htm

AFAIK this utility is not part of the default set of Ubuntu packages.

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superstoned Member since:
2005-07-07

you can also just use the Kubuntu tools for this, configuring X has been no problem in Kubuntu for years. Ubuntu is sometimes behind in weird ways (eg I couldn't live without a decent CD burning tool like K3B, or a menu editor). The new gnome also catches up in the security area, finally offering encryption & signing of files and emails. It's getting better, and ahead of windows anyway ;-)

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deathshadow Member since:
2005-07-12

>> Both PCLinuxOS ans SuSe (at least) have GUI
>> "control panel" equivalents for video driver
>> parameters adjustment.


Which is all fine and good if you can even get X STARTED in the first place (GUI app less X = /fail/ at life) - which with the increase in off-aspect resolution (aka widescreen) displays, is increasingly unlikely.

Sorry, TRY AGAIN.

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