Re: Call for Foundation-supported Project Ideas

From: Jason Bacon <>
Date: Wed, 24 Nov 2021 01:22:29 UTC
Some of you may be aware that I maintain sysutils/desktop-installer to 
facilitate quickly configuring a stable and secure desktop system.

One hurdle I've not yet been able to conquer is automatic GPU 
configuration.  The best I've been able to do so far is an interactive 
script that requires some rather technical decisions from the users:

It would be really nice is we could replace this with a simple, maybe 
even automated tool to configure a working Xorg setup on most common 
hardware.  Wouldn't matter to me if it falls back on scfb or vesa in 
many cases, as long as it's easy to use and produces a working desktop.

Bonus points for not requiring a reboot to properly activate the DRM module.

I wouldn't obsess about making it work on *all* hardware off-the-bat.  I 
think it would be more fruitful to first develop a system that works 
*really* well on the most common hardware.  Then we have a product that 
people will want, which will help recruit the people we'll need to work 
on expanding hardware support.

Most other aspects of desktop configuration are handled automatically or 
with questions that an average user can more easily handle.

In case we don't have the specific manpower for this at the moment, some 
other desktop related wish-list items are under the "Future" tab here:



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