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The Evolution of Linux

Jan 20, 2009, 13:32 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jack Wallen)

"I opened up a terminal window, su'd to root, changed to the /etc/X11 directory, and issued the ls command. What I saw gave me pause. There was no xorg.conf file. I had a machine up and running, in full 5 runlevel, with no X configuration file. How is that so? Well, it turns out that is where Xorg is heading (as of release 7.4). And I'm not sure I like it.

"Don't get me wrong, I understand the "why." For large-scale adoption, Linux needs to be as simple to use as the competition. One way to make this so is to take the guess work out of setting up such things as video. And I think it's safe to say we all know that configuring video has, in the past, been a nightmare on certain chipsets. And to that end I can fully understand why the developers would want to go this route. And if they can create a fool-proof system that will be able to successfully configure X Windows with zero user intervention, more power to them. But I think this is a sign of things to come, and that sign looks like a Merge with Linux and Windows."

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