Multi-monitor thoughts

Daniel van Vugt daniel.van.vugt at
Fri Jun 28 04:35:37 UTC 2013

You can easily track which client/connection/process a resolution change 
has come from. If the client disconnects/exits/crashes then just restore 
the old resolution. Automatically and transparently.

Then only apps which make permanent resolution changes, like in System 
Settings, will need to be modified to pass an extra flag that their 
changes are permanent.

Regular apps like games would not require modification.

On 28/06/13 12:09, Thomi Richards wrote:
> Hi,
> Thought I'd add my $0.02:
> On Fri, Jun 28, 2013 at 2:02 PM, Daniel van Vugt
> <daniel.van.vugt at <mailto:daniel.van.vugt at>>
> wrote:
>     I think it's much more familiar for apps to just ask for monitor N
>     to be resolution X*Y, than to define any "config" metadata. Also
>     much more flexible and simpler to implement. What you're suggesting
>     sounds like it requires apps to be modified, and not just the
>     toolkits they use.
> Implementation aside, one area I'd love to see improved is better
> restoration of sane defaults after something goes wrong. For example, if
> I start playing a game, it typically alters the resolution (and other
> options). If the game crashes, I'm almost always left with a desktop in
> the wrong resolution.
> Alexandros' plan sounded to me like it would handle this display
> restoration transparently, which would make me very happy indeed. Then
> again, I'm sure there are many ways to implement that feature, so I'm
> not suggesting that your concerns are invalid in any way.
> Cheers,
> --
> Thomi Richards
> thomi.richards at <mailto:thomi.richards at>

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