[clug] 2 Monitors - Advice

Alastair D'Silva deece at newmillennium.net.au
Mon May 26 22:14:19 EST 2003

On Mon, 2003-05-26 at 14:15, Matthew Hawkins wrote:
> as wide ;)  My personal preference has been for two screens as usually
> my second head hasn't been the same capability as the first head hence
> I've had to diddle with refresh rates and resolutions and all that.
> Also lots of software doesn't like to play nice with Xinerama .. for
> example some window managers will simply segfault when you maximise
> a window as the screen dimensions they're given are ... dumb.  If you
> like to limit yourself to Xinerama-aware software, by all means use
> Xinerama while the rest of us get on with real work ;)  The only
> practical difference between the two is that Xinerama lets you easily
> move windows between the monitors.  I think there's a few hacks 
> (xmove?)

I'm using Xinerama atm on a Matrox G400 Max, with my primary screen at
1600x1200 and the secondary at 1280x1024, and it works beautifully.

I'm using Enlightenment (sometimes Metacity) as the WM, and from what
I've seen, the apps don't need to do anything special - they just see a
bigger screen. All the magic is in the WM, so as long as thats Xinerama
aware (and I think the more popular ones would be) then you should be

If you want a copy of my XFree86.conf file, let me know and I'll post it

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