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fermulator
May 7th, 2009, 02:57 PM
As most people know, there are various different types of graphics cards, the most popular being ATI, nVidia, Intel.

On a Windows system, one would install the proprietary drivers for the respective manufacturer, and you would get a nice, neat, and feature rich "control panel" to configure your graphics card.

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h47/N3051M/catalyst-rotate.jpg

http://www.cgl.ucsf.edu/chimera/graphics/images/vista_nvidia2.png

Also in Windows, users get a "simplified" display properties manager, which is probably akin to the gnome-display-properties window.
http://cybernetnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/11/VistaExtendDesktop.jpg

On a *nix system, some users use the proprietary driver supplied by the manufacturer (which comes with the respective control center), while others use the open source driver for their hardware.

For the latter case, there doesn't appear to exist, AFAIK, a comparable "control panel" for the open source driver. Is it possible, or even feasible, for the gnome-display-properties dialogue Window to "match" (or come close) to the ability of such proprietary control panels?

Here's an image of a semi-recent gnome-display-properties window:
http://www.gnome.org/~federico/misc/gnome-display-properties.png
http://www.gnome.org/%7Efederico/misc/randr-tray-icon.png

It's clear that it might be difficult since each graphics card's open source driver would be different as far as terminology, features, and implementation. So, to actually have the gnome-display-properties differentiate and accommodate for such differences might be difficult?

The Big Question: -- Should such an implementation be made generic into the standard tool(s), or should the various open source drivers each provide it's own "advanced configuration" tool?

This was initially been brought up in the Phoronix forums (http://phoronix.com/forums/showpost.php?p=73212&postcount=315), particular to ATI, but this question is addressed here in the more general sense.