More On Ubuntu's BulletProofX
Early this morning we published an article on Ubuntu's BulletProofX taking a simpler approach for its fail-safe mode when the X Server fails to properly start. No longer is the user bound to displayconfig-gtk but there is a menu system with options for diagnosing the problem and reconfiguring the xorg.conf. However, since that article went live we have a few more details on this revision to BulletProofX.
In fact, the FailSafeXServer has picked up another feature. When troubleshooting the X server is now an option to save the relevant configuration and log files. These files important for diagnostic purposes are saved to a .tar archive within /var/log/, which makes it easy and convenient for the new user to find the relevant files needed when submitting a bug report. The patch written by yours truly will appear in the next x11-common update for Ubuntu 8.10.
Canonical's Bryce Harrington who is largely responsible for BulletProofX and X.Org in Ubuntu had provided some comments on these fail-safe X changes.
I liked displayconfig-gtk, but the class of problems (monitor configuration) it solved are no longer issues for most people. Some people have been advocating fixing up displayconfig-gtk or replicating it with a different backend, but I thought it would be better to go back to first principles, and design something new around the specific failure use cases people are really running into.
Look for this new work in Ubuntu 8.10. A lot of people will sure be running into the FailSafeXServer if AMD doesn't deliver X Server 1.5 support next month in their Catalyst 8.10 Linux driver.
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