[SATLUG] forcing a refresh rate

Alan Lesmerises alesmerises at satx.rr.com
Sat Dec 15 21:23:51 CST 2007

Actually, I took the issue to be a lack of cooperation between the FOSS 
diehards and the hardware manufacturers, rather than between different 

But since Linux is open-source, why doesn't someone (or some group) 
start an effort to define a standard for a modular display architecture, 
and just say the heck with the naysayers that oppose the use of 
proprietary drivers.  Isn't that one of the biggest benefits of having 
an open source operating system?

John Chalinder wrote:
> On Sat, 15 Dec 2007 15:38:26 -0600
>  "John Pappas" <j at jvpappas.net> wrote:
>> On Dec 15, 2007 2:14 PM, Alex Bartonek <bartonekdragracing at yahoo.com> 
>> wrote:
>>> Well I took the envision 22" and got a Acer 22" w/DVI
>>> inputs... My default I've setup is 1680x1050 at 63hz..
>>> How can I force 60hz in my xorg.conf?
>>> My 1680x1050 modeline is as follows:
>> <SNIP>
>>> My monitor definition:
>>> Section "Monitor"
>> <SNIP>
>>> EndSection
>> <Rant>
>> Here is another one.  To make Linux Desktops (especially Laptops) 
>> feasible,
>> display configuration cannot be about hand editing a config file 
>> (though the
>> option needs to exist).  Again comes the FOSS types that will not 
>> accept the
>> requirement for binary drivers with proprietary interfaces, and just 
>> build a
>> modular display architecture that works WITH the vendors in order to 
>> make
>> this situation go away.  The cooperation, rather than the animosity, 
>> would
>> help a great deal.
>> This problem does not limit itself to X and WiFi.  Look at scanners,
>> printers, sound cards, bluetooth, modems, etc.  Each of those has 
>> differing
>> levels of support, but the problem remains the same.
>> </rant>
>> John
>> -- 
> <Rant reply:>
> Cooperation instead of competition? How totally unAmerican, John. 
> (humor alert: this is a joke; this is only a joke; had there been a 
> real humor emergency in your area...) I have to agree with you. It 
> would be encouraging to see more cooperation between manufacturers 
> instead of these incessant proprietary wars. Every time I see the term 
> 'proprietary' I start looking around for alternatives. This sort of 
> attitude may stimulate business; but it sure doesn't do much for us 
> poor consumers...
> </Rant reply>

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