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    Xorg.conf What is it?

    I am not in coding and just was curious what this file is and what exactly am I doing when I sudo nano the xorg.conf file.

    Again I'm not doing anything specific right now, but have for compiz-fusion in the past. I guess I'm just curious as to what this file is and how what I'm doing is affecting the system.

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    Re: Xorg.conf What is it?

    X is the Windowing system (basically it sets the foundations for graphics on your system and allows for the creation of a nice GUI)

    Xorg is i believe a free open source implementation of X

    Xorg.conf is the primary user configuration file for xorg.

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    Re: Xorg.conf What is it?

    This file sets up all the options for your video driver, and it also determines which video driver and extra video modules get loaded. The file gets read every time you start an x server (but not once the server is already running)

    An example of an xserver is your graphical desktop environment
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    Re: Xorg.conf What is it?

    When I modify xorg.conf, I usually need to change monitor refresh rates or the resolution. Depending on the Linux flavor, sometimes that is possible only through xorg.conf.

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    Re: Xorg.conf What is it?

    Linux (which is a unix-like system) keeps its configration settings in its file systems, and thankfully doesn't use any redgistry hives or anything like that.

    Your Xorg.conf file is a configuration file for your X11 windowing system, that is the graphical user interface that drives the system you would call your Xwindows system.

    It tell the X11 server, what mode to start you Xwindows session in, such as how big a screen you have you display resolution etc, etc....

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    Re: Xorg.conf What is it?

    Xorg is i believe a free open source implementation of X
    It is under the X11 license.
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    Re: Xorg.conf What is it?

    Excellent. Thanks for the many great responses.

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    Re: Xorg.conf What is it?

    It also has to do with input, i.e. your keyboard, mouse, etc. We usually think of xorg.conf for video stuff, but X handles input, too.
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