Creating Laptop Profiles
notting at redhat.com
Thu Jan 19 17:14:19 UTC 2006
D Canfield (canfield at uindy.edu) said:
> It may not be. I've not yet learned enough about hal to have any clue
> if that's something I have the skill to get involved in. I've not yet
> reconciled all the lists, but looking through thinkwiki.org, it looks
> like some functions can be accessed via tpb, others via ibm_acpi, and
> still others through yet another interface that just appeared recently.
Exactly. This is the main problem. Every different laptop mfr has
people creating X separate interfaces that only apply to that mfr.
Which makes a sane userspace impossible.
> If there's a clean way to handle this stuff in core, I'm happy to help.
> But I just don't know where to find info on how to approach this. All
> the info I have on making buttons and special features work is via
> thinkwiki. If someone can tell me what info needs given to whom, I'll
> do what I can.
Well, probably the best thing is to document what you did do, and
then we need people to start rolling this stuff up into generic
> The bit that took me the longest to figure out and that I'm not sure of
> a general case solution to, is the docking station issue. When I dock,
> I have two monitors (or, I could just plug a second monitor into the
> back). What I'm doing now is using "MergedFB" and "MetaModes" to define
> two modes: one has a 1400x1050 display on my laptop and a 1280x1024
> display on my monitor, and the second is a virtual/panning
> 1400x1050+1280x1024 non-rectangular desktop for when my monitor isn't
> connected. I then define one of the extra keys to run "xvidtune -next".
> This is the simplest method I could come up with to replicate the hotkey
> resizing that most laptops support under windows. If there any approach
> we could take to make this easier for users, or is this too much of a
> corner case?
First, you need to get X supporting monitor hotplugging/changing. :)
(Yes, that's a large step.)
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