[ubuntu-uk] Dual monitors with independent desktops

Ian Pascoe softy.lofty.ilp at btinternet.com
Thu Feb 14 20:28:16 GMT 2008


If I get your drift, you don't actually want an extended desktop, but two
seperate window managers working on seperate monitors?

If so, have a look at the front page of last week's Linux Weekly News about
the extension to the X environment to handle multiple devices - is that what
you were aiming at or the extended desktop?


-----Original Message-----
From: ubuntu-uk-bounces at lists.ubuntu.com
[mailto:ubuntu-uk-bounces at lists.ubuntu.com]On Behalf Of Rob Beard
Sent: 13 February 2008 00:16
To: British Ubuntu Talk
Subject: Re: [ubuntu-uk] Dual monitors with independent desktops

Steve Cook wrote:
> On Tue, 2008-02-12 at 22:45 +0000, Rob Beard wrote:
>> Hi folks,
>> The graphics card on my PC has dual DVI video output (it's an ATI Radeon
>> X300).
>> At the moment I'm only using a single display on a 17" LCD monitor,
>> however I was wondering if it's possible to run two screens but
>> indepdendently of each other.
>> For example, on my main monitor I'd like to have my usual programs
>> (Firefox, Thunderbird etc) running, but on the second monitor I'd like
>> to be able to send the output of Mplayer for playing full screen videos
>> but not have the windows from the other screen use this monitor.
>> Does anyone know if this sort of thing is possible?
> This is the default behaviour if xinerama, twin view, etc. is not used.
> steve

Actually looking at this...

I think dual screens without Xinerama but two independent window
managers might do the job.

Basically what I want to do is send the second monitor output to an LCD
TV (but not have a complete MythTV installation) which I can just play
videos on.

Thanks for the tips Steve, I'll have a read up.


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