".. One of the features that has risen towards the top of the list and
delivers visible benefits to the end-user is kernel-based mode-setting.
As implied by its name, kernel mode-setting involves moving the
mode-setting code for video adapters from the user-space X server
drivers into the Linux kernel. This may seem like an uninteresting topic
for end-users, but having the mode-setting done in the kernel allows for
a cleaner and richer boot process, improved suspend and resume support,
and more reliable VT switching (along with other advantages)"
"Kernel mode-setting isn't yet in the mainline Linux kernel nor is the
API for it frozen, but Fedora 9 shipping next month will be the first
major distribution carrying this initial support."