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New KScreen Supplies Some Magic For Multi-Monitor Linux Set-Ups 183

Posted by timothy
from the more-magic-always-welcome dept.
An anonymous reader points out developer Àlex Fiestas's work on multiple monitor configuration for Linux. In particular, the screen manager that he and Dan Vrátil are working on — KScreen — gives KDE users a utility "making the configuration of monitors either auto-magical or super simple." This is one thing that's certainly gotten much better in recent years for Linux GUI users in general, but the video in the linked post makes me a little envious — another good reason to swap desktops once in a while.
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New KScreen Supplies Some Magic For Multi-Monitor Linux Set-Ups

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 27, 2012 @01:07PM (#42405065)

    Until it's put into a distro.

    Jesus, stop acting like a jackass.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 27, 2012 @01:22PM (#42405183)

    Neither. The OP dude grew up in an age when you had access to information and an ability to apply that information directly to troubleshooting and solving real world problems. He's probably as mellow as they get.

    It's the modern devices with propriety drivers and documentation that make me crazy.

  • Re:WOW!!! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Alex Belits (437) * on Thursday December 27, 2012 @01:29PM (#42405235) Homepage

    Actually, no, you could not.

    You didn't (and still don't) even have a separation between window manager and applications, so hung application produces pretty patterns on the screen when you try to drag your window, if you can even drag it at all. You didn't (and still don't) have usable multiple-desktop or multiple-viewports support, so changes in resolution only affect one giant constantly-displayed area, with all windows mapped to it. You can't allocate a monitor connected to one host to become a part of the environment for other hosts, or combine multiple hosts with their monitors to show a single desktop, with applications spanning all of them.

    So you are comparing the ability to change the resolution on the fly without restarting applications (what Windows had before Linux got it in 2001, and became part of mainstream in 2007) against actual usable management of resolutions on multiple screens, some virtual, some networked. And no, your stupid Terminal Services don't count.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 27, 2012 @01:35PM (#42405275)

    Unity and GNOME 3 don't even work correctly with multiple monitors and don't work with multiple video cards at all.

    In the general space multi-monitor support has gotten much worse. My 2 video card, 4 monitor configuration worked fine 10 years ago but nowadays I have to do all kinds of hacks to get it to work. Disable compiz, run a hacked window manager, hacked libXinerama, etc.

    KDE is the only desktop that works out of the box on my setup. I don't run KDE though because it's too fat and weird in the way it looks and operates.

  • Re:WOW!!! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Alex Belits (437) * on Thursday December 27, 2012 @01:53PM (#42405405) Homepage

    This shows that people like you have last used Windows back in the XP or even ME days. Get with the times instead of wallowing in outdated criticisms.

    Now the effect is masked by the speed of processors and programmers carefully starting tens of threads for their UI, but it's still there (window won't even move if anything gets blocked). Meanwhile, X applications may run on some remote m68k, and won't slow down the rest of UI.

    This is soooooo useful to so many desktop users

    Workstations users need that all the time, they just can't get it from Windows.

    compared to the use case of extending desktop to another monitor on the desk without fiddling with multiple config files and utilities. *snicker*

    Do you even understand what this is about? All this IS IMPLEMENTED in nice UI, the article is about a new KDE utility for it.

  • Re:Suggestion (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Jmc23 (2353706) on Thursday December 27, 2012 @02:28PM (#42405677) Journal
    Your suggestion to deal with rare cases for old displays would probably be better received if it was sent to the developers along with a donation.

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