Setting up a second monitor
daniel.carrera at zmsl.com
Thu Apr 20 12:53:33 UTC 2006
Antony Gelberg wrote:
>> Hmmm... looks coplicated.
It's an impression. I think it looks complicated. Even for someone who
has configured X.conf by hand before (me).
>> Jean, what setup do you have? two video cards?
> The OP explained his hardware setup.
I'm trying to be useful by asking relevant questions. Do you feel that
your email is useful.
> If you don't know what a
> BusID is, it's explained in the config file man page. If people don't
> read the manual, things may well look complicated.
The X config file is, in my honest opinion, quite complicated. Throwing
documentation at something complicated doesn't make it less complicated,
it makes it well documented.
> One can always man lspci to find out what the program does.
Therefore I should never tell people what any command does? Giving a
one-sentence description of lspci is helpful. Saying RTFM is (1) not
helpful and (2) contrary to the Ubuntu mailing list guidelines.
>> Configuring X is not for the faint of heart.
> Enough with the FUD.
You are getting silly. Do you suppose that Microsoft has hired me to
join this list and say that the X config file is complicated?
> Are you suggesting that everyone who has
> configured X is strong as an ox?
Are you familiar with the expression "not for the faint of heart"?
> For all we know the OP has configured it already.
So, I should not offer to help under the assumption that she has already
solved it? I'd rather offer to help.
> So you haven't read it but know not to recommend it.
I've read a lot of man pages. I read man pages regularly. Man pages are
written with a distinctive style which takes getting used to and I
wouldn't recommend them to a new user.
> The OP has been
> using computers for over 35 years, so let's assume that he's got
> something in the brain department.
Jean is a very intelligent woman, but that doesn't make her a Linux
expert anymore than my being an intelligent man makes me knowledgeable
of (say) biology. So I try to provide helpful information and offer
direct assistance in configuring X.
>> Man pages are not really intended for that.
> Man pages are not intended for what?
Man pages are not meant to introduce a new user to Linux. They are not
tutorials, they are reference information for people who are already
knowledgeable. The appropriate documentation for new users is not man
pages but how-tos and tutorials. It's a different type of documentation.
/\/_/ A life? Sounds great!
\/_/ Do you know where I could download one?
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