Why is HAL being made the default when it's not ready? [SOLVED]

Dave M G martin at autotelic.com
Sat Nov 1 16:47:29 UTC 2008

Ubuntu Users,

Thanks for all the comments.

Turns out the situation is not so dire. All one has to do is use the 
previous xorg.conf file that one had in Hardy. My earlier mistake was in 
trying to edit the new xorg.conf, which just leads to heartache and 

What's not made really clear in the documentation is that the HAL 
settings are really intended for devices that are hot plugged after the 
computer is booted. Until I had posted on the bug reports, I thought 
that the new HAL settings were being imposed regardless.

I think it's a mistake to have made it so that the default is to comment 
out everything in xorg.conf so that one has to opt out of the less 
functional option. But, at least it's easier to fix than it first seemed.

Hope that saves some others some of the same frustration.

Dave M G

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