Linked by Hadrien Grasland on Mon 29th Aug 2011 09:50 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces "Recently, Brendan and I have been arguing about what can reasonably be expected from a multi-monitor OS (among other graphical stack things). We've reached the conclusion that nothing replaces real-world user data. So anyone interested, please answer this survey about multi-monitor setups and expectations ! (Results will be published here once the amount of answers has reached a steady state, I'd say in a month at worst)" (Source)
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multi-monitors and virtual desktops
by ggeldenhuys on Mon 29th Aug 2011 14:38 UTC
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I run Ubuntu 10.04.2. I have two 19" LCD monitors centered in front of me. I also have 4 virtual desktops setup, but I don't use the Xinerama feature. For those that don't know, Xinerama will display two desktops on two monitors (one on each monitor). I prefer 4 large virtual desktops, where one desktop spans two monitors.

I am a developer and find a multi-monitor setup very useful. Code on one screen, debug on another. I also use one virtual desktop of email and web browsing. Email on one screen, web browser on the other.

I also use VirtualBox a lot (also for development). So normally run one or two of those on another virtual desktop.

The forth virtual desktop is just a spare. I use that to quick open a console, or run some utility app etc - without the need to minimize my already running apps.

Linux's multi-monitor setup is not 100% perfect though. Some applications still open a popup window or dialog split over the two monitors. Or like in the case of Mozilla Thunderbird, the main form is on one monitor, and my account password prompt appears on the other.

But overall, it is MUCH better than one 19" LCD.

My next system is going to be a single monitor setup, but I'm going for a Dell 27" monitor with 2560x1440 resolution. This will give me almost the same "virtual resolution" I have now using two monitors. The important thing here is that I'll have more vertical space (important for programming). So hopefully one large resolution monitor will fix the Linux multi-monitor issues I mentioned, plus I will not have a 1" monitor bevel in the middle of my desktop, and I'll have more vertical space. :-)

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