Dual monitor virtual screen switch problem

houghi houghi at houghi.org
Mon Jun 27 21:42:35 CEST 2011

On Tue, Jun 14, 2011 at 01:34:17PM +0000, Grant Edwards wrote:
> You need to define a seperate X display for each monitor.  You'll be
> able to move the cursor between monitors, and each monitor will have
> it's own independent set o fvirtual desktops.  But, you won't be able
> to drag a window from on monitor to another.  And a few very badly
> designed programs like Firefox have to have all their windows on the
> same display [people have been complaining about this for years].

To get Firefox working, you can make several profiles and start them with
the -P option. Bit of a pain to keep everything up to date.

I have an NVidea card and run openSUSE, so what I do is install the driver
from NVidea¹ and from outside X as root I first run nvidia-xconfig and
then from X I run nvidia-settings.

There I have Xinerama disabled and the configuration as Seperate X Screen.

My xorg.conf is here http://houghi.eu/s/263DGX3

Gnome and KDE can't do this as they somehow force Xinerama onto people.
Windowmaker can't do it together with the NVidea driver and I can't get it
to work with the OSS driver. Sure hope that XFCE won't break it, because
everybody is pointing at somebody else for a solution. :-(

¹Proprierty driver is what I use. For openSUSE the 1-click-install can be
found here: http://en.opensuse.org/SDB:NVIDIA_drivers others might want to
look here: http://www.nvidia.com/page/drivers.html
Do understand that these are closed source drivers.

But I will accept the rules that you feel necessary to your freedom. I am
free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I
tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free
because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.

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