The great unhinged...
I have access to an IBM T40 laptop. When this laptop has, under WinXP, the keyboard shut; the output is switched to the external monitor and the input is switched to the external keyboard and mouse. When openned, the output is on the local screen and input comes from the trackpoint, or trackpad, and internal keyboard. XP is also capable of setting both screens active, either as the same display or as separate displays.
Under X11R6, at least as Lycoris, Fedora, and Knoppix configure it, the input will only come from, in order: the external keyboard, the internal trackpoint, but not pad, and the output always goes to the external monitor and not the internal LCD, ever. This simply isn't workable for a laptop, especially when not docked. For myself, I'm not really particular, but if I expect to sell the rest of the office on Linux; I need a nearly similar functionality.
Is there any method, manner, combination that will enable Linux to respond to the "hinge switch" and imitate the features that are had under XP?
Yes, I've hit Google. The exploration was most unhelpful.