Over the past few releases, Xorg has been gradually moving away from xorg.conf. The goal would be to completely get rid of xorg.conf and have everything “just work” through auto detection. However, since auto detection was introduced along with some nifty HAL goodness, I’ve heard a lot of people complaining about it. A lot of people are saying that they actually want to edit their xorg.conf. This strikes me as odd because a while ago it was the exact opposite.
2 years ago, back when I started with Linux, everyone made a huge deal about editing xorg.conf. The big complaint was that dealing with xorg.conf was the biggest thing holding Linux back from making it onto the mainstream desktop. A new user would be turned off if they had to edit a confusing text file to get their graphics working. If Windows doesnt’ need a xorg.conf, we shouldn’t either. And it went on and on.
This is where we are right now. Things should “just work” with little or no configuration, but now people are complaining that they can’t edit their xorg.conf. I thought that’s what everyone wanted. It seems to be a no win situation.