[ubuntu-x] gnome-settings-daemon: the new Xserver?

Bryce Harrington bryce at canonical.com
Fri Oct 1 01:33:33 BST 2010


On Fri, Oct 01, 2010 at 10:22:21AM +1000, Christopher James Halse Rogers wrote:
> g-s-d should probably be smarter about not needlessly changing settings,
> but I think that g-s-d *should* be in charge of resolution policy.
> 
> I think we might want to have a multi-head discussion at UDS with the
> design team and the various desktop teams to work out the user
> experience we want.

What we really need is a table that maps hw conditions to expected
behaviors with regard to multihead.

For example, consider hotplugging a second monitor.  The behavior a user
would expect can vary.  If the second display is a monitor (not a
projector), perhaps the user expects to have the laptop screen blanked
and the external display shown at its maximum resolution.  But if the
external monitor is a projector, perhaps they want it to configure into
a slideshow / notes configuration.  Or, if both the primary and
secondary monitors are the same, you can probably assume they're trying
to set up a left/right dual-head setup.


Anyway, I agree that this is likely to be more a question of policy (and
thus under g-s-d's purview), but having a list of expectations would
enable testing to be done to ensure the behaviors remain consistent and
standardized across all drivers and hardware.

Bryce






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