Phoronix: DRIConf Is Still A Mess & Leaves A Lot To Be Desired
Frequently brought up within the Phoronix Forums and elsewhere is the lack of a good graphical utility for configuring various elements of the open-source Linux graphics drivers...
Its a point I've brought up though many times myself though... For multi-monitor setups, the desktop environment settings are perfectly fine. And even BETTER in some ways because drivers are being loaded automatically. So new graphics card? Just plug everything back in, don't have to download new drivers, don't have to learn a new website layout (AMD's used to be a pain in the ass..better now), don't have to learn a new config layout and how to do everything. Just go to your settings, go to display, and set it however it needs to be. You may not even have to change it at all, it may not care about a new graphics card and just keep your old layout.
Thats multi-monitor. But overclocking/overvolting? (Which needs to get driver support beforehand anyway) no way to do that graphically. AA? No graphical option, you have to edit an environment variable. Controlling 3D settings and favoring performance / looks? No real way to control that at the driver level. driconf probably should get rewritten / cleaned up, with an emphasis on usability first. (Before someone says patches welcome-- Don't think I haven't thought about it, but I gotta refine my GUI skills before doing something like that hah) Same issue happened with Xorg.conf settings, and I hope if Wayland is also giving users that level of control over things that there will be a graphical utility to handle it, instead of a man page and a text editor. Granted, with ini-style configs, Wayland is in a bit of a better position than Xorg was.
GPU temperature has not been a problem for me since I have been able to probe my graphics card with lm_sensors. The Xfce sensors applet works with it, and I have all of my device temperatures displayed on my Conky setup on my second head.
I wonder if anyone noticed this, or does it works the same way as 'merica - people talk about stuff thats pushed through the media instead of what's infront of their noses.
I am not offending Michael!! But we have what we have, thanks to being ignorant and uninterested. Maybe Stallman is right, its better to restrict self in order to start working on whats worth it compared to accepting compromises...
The ease of which we can configure our now highly/feature-rich open source drivers(any manufacturer) is probably now the single highest priority.
I hope that this will become a top priority for Mesa 10.1
There are certainly a lot of important features to be gained from Crossfire, to GL4.x items, and Nouveau needs a whole lot of things. But this, we need this badly. If it's not that DRIConf is brought up to modern spec, then some sort of control panel needs to be introduced and taken seriously.
Sounds good to me.