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Re: X11 without HAL: "DontZap" in /etc/X11/xorg.conf doesn't work anymore

* Alex Samad <alex@samad.com.au> [2009 Jul 16 19:40 -0500]:
> I am all for convenience, but I am also for the right to choose, sounds
> like HAL is not really needed for X, so it should be a recommends and
> not a depends.

I've played some with the new features of Xorg earlier this year,
xrandr.  The HAL capability is essential for plugging in an external
monitor of unknown resolution and then being able use it seemlessly as
a mutlihead system.  Note that I played with it for a couple of days
and the "monitor" was a Samsung LCD TV.  I have no doubt that I would
have spent days getting things to work the old way.

This issue can be solved by identifying what HAL provides to Xorg. 
Evidently the Debian X Strike Force team has decided that HAL is a
dependency that will enhance the distribution.  Other users disagree,
obviously.  Perhaps this identifies an area of possible improvement in
Debian where the users could provide input to the developers in a more
direct fashion than via bug reports.  I don't have a clue as to how
this might be implemented, however.

- Nate >>

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