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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Comment by ssokolow
by ssokolow on Mon 29th Aug 2011 15:00 UTC
ssokolow
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2010-01-21

I'm running an identical pair (almost sequential serial numbers) of 19" LCDs.

Given how primitive tiling support is in most WMs and how much work it is to make something like AwesomeWM or XMonad into a hybrid tiling-floating WM (I'm working on it), I would never replace them with a single monitor of the same size. (I let Xinerama boundaries act as a tiling hack for WMs like KWin/Metacity/Openbox)

In retrospect, I would go for 22" widescreen monitors so KDE's clone of Aero Snap can fully come into its own in this world of apps that expect a certain minimum width. (two widescreen monitors would allow me four portrait-oriented windows)

Gaming on dual-monitors is a bit of a trade-off though. I can either allow games to throw off my desktop stickies by changing the resolution (Not gonna happen, though I believe Wayland is supposed to bring a proper API for that use case eventually) or I can run them windowed to prevent them centering across the line between the two monitors.

I honestly prefer gaming in a 1280x960 window with WinDeco turned off. It's effectively maximized on one monitor, but lets me glance at whatever widgets and meters I put on the other without exiting the game. (If they're SDL-based, I can event Ctrl-G to release/restore the mouse grab)

Finally, $7-15 VESA mounting plates off eBay plus some scrap wood make an excellent poor-man's dual-monitor mount for freeing up desk space... especially if your desk is built from scrap wood and you can screw your monitor mount right into the superstructure of the desk.

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RE: Comment by ssokolow
by Earl C Pottinger on Mon 29th Aug 2011 17:05 in reply to "Comment by ssokolow"
Earl C Pottinger Member since:
2008-07-12

If you are going as far as making a wooden mount for your monitors (I did the same), get a lazy-susan base from Home Depot at the same time so that you can rotate your monitor at will. Great for reading legal-size formatted PDFs.

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