Ubuntu Developer Summit report: X.org improvements, driver controversy, and bling
X.org received a lot of attention and discussion at UDS, which is appropriate for such a desktop-focused distro. Binary drivers were a hot topic at the summit. Ubuntu developers also discussed how to provide a more robust configuration system for X.org, and what to do when problems arise with X.
Right now, Ubuntu "just works" on a lot of hardware. However, when X.org fails, it's possible for users to run into a unrecoverable failure. Developers discussed how to fall back to a mode that's likely to work on all hardware, and talked about providing a GRUB boot option to allow users to activate a "safe" mode -- like VESA 800x600 at 256 colors -- that will allow them to try to configure X.org in a more pleasing mode.
One of the possible configuration tools that was given serious consideration was SUSE's SaX2, which was acknowledged as a comprehensive tool for munging X configurations -- particularly dual-head configs.
What's coming in X.org