I run a 14″ build in monitor on my laptop (1024×768) and a 17″ external monitor (1280×1024). I would like to use only the external monitor when I’m at home and the laptop monitor when I’m not. Getting this to play nice has always been a problem in any Linux distribution I have ever tried.
But today I did a dist-upgrade on my Ubuntu Gutsy laptop and for the first time the resolution on my external monitor just popped up in the correct resolution. This is fabulous! I just booted it up and off it went; with the correct resolution. Even the quick buttons (fn-f7) did toggle the monitors on and off as supposed.
Well we are getting there! Believe me! Good work on all you Ubuntu/Xorg/Xserv/Open Source developers!
Update: When I booted my computer today it didn’t really recognize the resolution correct but instead tried to auto configure it. Surprise! It didn’t really work but to my great enjoyment it put up the failsafe X where I could adjust the screen resolution and I was fine to go again. Not perfect but a lot better than before so I’m still happy!