X regression

Frans de Boer frans at fransdb.nl
Wed Aug 11 11:56:43 PDT 2010

On 08/11/2010 05:28 PM, Joel Feiner wrote:
> KDE has a pretty spiffy screen configuration utility that can do
> per-screen resolution, layout configuration, etc.  It uses randr
> behind the scenes, of course.
> On Wed, Aug 11, 2010 at 4:50 AM, Frans de Boer <frans at fransdb.nl
> <mailto: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.
I tried that before but:
1) It does not preserve the settings between sessions.
2) I see no panning enabled!
3) If I want to zoom in quickly while doing some work, what works more
convenient: a keyboard shortcut using ctrl+alt+-/+ or starting a utility?
4) using the keyboard shortcut keeps the place where the mouse pointer
is focused. Once having zoomed in, you have to move the mouse pointer
(using panning) to find the applet again to restore the previous
resolution or switch to another resolution. Then try to find your exact
position before back again.
5) not everybody is working with KDE.

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