[ubuntu-x] Fwd: Wacom tablets, TabletPC and Xorg support for Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty)

Loïc Martin loic.martin3 at gmail.com
Sat Dec 20 16:50:53 GMT 2008

Bryce Harrington wrote:
>>  2. How to save options ?
>> If possible, could the tool comment out the configuration instead of
>> removing the lines in xorg.conf, then uncomment them if the user wants
>> to enable that model of tablet again?
>> There's a few use cases where an user would want to separately
>> enable/disable tablets :
>> - users that change tablet models (or lend/give the computer to another
>> person or department in school/company);
>> - TabletPC when for a while the user wants to use it only as a laptop;
>> - people with multiple tablets, that want to only use a few (and for
>> TabletPC people whose TabletPC wacom device works badly).
>> In a perfect world there wouldn't be troubles letting the tablets
>> configured in xorg.conf. However, if there was a reason to remove
>> default lines in xorg.conf in Ubuntu releases, then people will find
>> value in selectively enabling/disabling their tablets.
> Actually, for this use case I have somewhat different idea in mind.
> Please refer to the 'Safety Net' section in the options editor spec:
>   https://wiki.ubuntu.com/X/OptionsEditor
> Basically the idea is that we would manage a set of xorg.conf's for the
> user, and build in the ability to select between them at several
> different levels of the O/S - grub, bulletproof-x mode, recovery mode,
> and when booted into the desktop proper.  As well, I'm tying in an idea
> from dustin kirkland whereby a configuration can be associated with a
> given hardware configuration, and the xorg.conf swapped in or out at
> boot time based on the hardware layout.  Obviously, getting that to work
> right will be tricky, but it solves a range of different use cases
> in addition to wacom configuration.  
> Bryce

That's a great idea if it can work (as long as it can be used by the
wacom configuration GUI Alberto is developing). Won't showing different
xorg.conf confuse the user though (the wacom GUI is for newbies too,
while the xorg-options-editor is for advanced users)?

What happens when the user adds a model of tablet, makes other changes
to his xorg.conf (ex: decides to enable proprietary gfx drivers with
Jockey, or revert if they don't like *cough*fglrx*cough*), then decides
to disable the model of tablet (because they made a mistake, or for
whatever other reason)?


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