Request feedback on topic for summit (laptop docking)

Jacob Rideout ubuntu at
Fri Oct 20 19:21:45 BST 2006

Yeah, I like the idea. Basically, it requires that someone develop a
good gui to configure  XRandR with dual head (or more) support. This
should work with dbus/HAL notification and have the ability to set
system wide rules on the addition/removal of monitors. ACPI should be
able to take care of things like power settings and I'm not sure we
need a specific unified set of settings for docking, but instead just
generic solutions for all the requisite features

Question, what is the state of gnome-randr-applet, what kind of dual
head supports does it have?

Jacob R Rideout

On 10/20/06, Trey Ethridge <tale at> wrote:
> I'd like to propose a topic for the upcoming summit.  The topic I have
> in mind is laptop docking.  For most business users, it's common to
> connect their laptop to a docking station.
> Docking a laptop sort of works now.  If the dock is connected to a
> monitor the desktop is shown on the monitor, however the monitor's
> resolution can't be set to a resolution independent of the laptop easily.
> I feel that an easy way to configure settings when docked would be a
> great addition to ubuntu users.  This falls in line with just working
> with hardware and giving the user a great desktop experience.  I
> imagine that upstart could be used to detect the docking events and
> respond appropriately.
> The same controls may be generalized to control displays when
> connecting a laptop to a projector.  I believe this functionality is
> still very rough around the edges when compared to OS X or Windows.
> Has this topic been discussed before?  Do you think I should submit it?
> Thanks,
> -- Trey
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