Up to this point if you've fully wanted to configure and manage your displays when using the binary NVIDIA graphics driver on Linux, you've had to use nvidia-settings
from the command-line or the GUI version
for full support. We have learned, however, that NVIDIA is quickly working to enable RandR 1.2
support within their binary driver.
When this support arrives, NVIDIA customers will then be able to additionally use the xrandr
utility to configure the display or the numerous open-source graphical utilities for configuring the display such as those in GNOME
We don't know when NVIDIA will officially introduce this feature in their Linux driver (and likely Solaris and FreeBSD too), but they classify it as a top priority feature.
Back in August, AMD had introduced RandR 1.2 support
for their proprietary driver. Most of the open-source drivers (with xf86-video-nv
being one of the exceptions) now support the capabilities found in version 1.2 of the X Resize and Rotate extension. RandR 1.3
is also on the heels of being introduced within X Server 1.6