X regression

Joel Feiner jafeiner at gmail.com
Wed Aug 11 08:28:41 PDT 2010

KDE has a pretty spiffy screen configuration utility that can do per-screen
resolution, layout configuration, etc.  It uses randr behind the scenes, of

On Wed, Aug 11, 2010 at 4:50 AM, Frans de Boer <frans at fransdb.nl> wrote:

> Dear Reader,
> The automatic configuration of the X server is a good step ahead. Alas,
> there are some issues involving the user experience. To name just two:
>  - Easy per desktop resolution setting with or without panning is missing.
>  - Easy definition of virtual screen and on the fly screen resolution
> changes using the ctrl+alt+-/+ keys are missing.
> Yes, you have the xrandr CLI utility, but in a graphical world using a
> CLI utility which is not intuitive too??
> The above remarks can be overcome by manually creating/editing the
> xorg.conf file. But be honest, normal end users can do that?
> As it stands now, the X (7.5) experience has less features then before
> making Windows and Mac interesting again because they offer per screen
> resolution setting using a GUI and if the driver supports it, panning
> too. Alas, they don't offer fast (using the keyboard) resolution changes
> as the X 7.4 and before versions did.
> So - lacking a feature request function - I like to see:
>  - Previous resolution changes using a key sequence on a virtual canvas
> being restored.
>  - Easy per screen resolution setting with optional panning being restored.
>  - Offer a GUI for the xrandr utility with intuitive settings (so none
> technical people can use it too).
> People before me have suggested to send a bug report, but since removal
> of these features have been done by design, it can't be a bug since it
> is a feature (or lack of).
> Frans.
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- Joel
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