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Ubuntu Developer Summit report: X.org improvements, driver controversy, and bling

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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.

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That Last Night Party in Pictures

On the final night of our Ubuntu Developer Summits we usually go into town for a posh dinner followed by revelling and merryness. So who was the greatest dancer on the dance floor? You decide...

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