Ubuntu Xorg maintainer Bryce Harrington recently demonstrated the BulletProof-X feature that is planned for inclusion in Ubuntu 7.10. BulletProof-X provides a failsafe mode which will ensure that users never have to manually configure their graphics hardware settings from the command line.
If Xorg fails to start, the failsafe mode will initiate with minimalistic settings, low resolution, and a limited number of colors. The failsafe mode also automatically runs Ubuntu's new GTK-based display configuration utility so that users can easily test various display settings and choose a configuration that will work properly with their hardware. The display configuration utility provides a simple mouse-driven interface that is very intuitive. The configuration utility even has limited multihead suport, but unfortunately doesn't support more than two screens yet.
One of the most impressive new features in Ubuntu's BulletProof-X implementation is support for reading monitor settings from a Windows driver CD.