[LONG} Testing Xfce HEAD with Xinerama

Francois Le Clainche fleclainche at wanadoo.fr
Wed May 12 16:56:01 CEST 2004


I've read Olivier's last blog entry and I've found my missing video
plug, so I've reassembled my xinerama mess and rebuilt Xfce with
Xinerama support.

Screenie of a default Xfce desktop, a 1280 screen 0 on the right, a 1024
screen 1 on the left: 

using this xfree setup:

Regarding xfwm4... windows appear on the screen they are started from,
maximize/restore works and seems to respect margins, MCS dialog appear
in the center of the screen the panel is on, so everything is ok until
this point.

What can be annoying is:
- I have a maximized window on screen 1 and I want this window maximized
  on my screen 0 so: 
- I move this window on screen 0
- I first unmaximize this window -> the window is back on screen 1 :(
I have to move the window again on screen 0 and maximize it. It's
logical in a sense, since the window remembers its previous position,
but from a usability point of view in xinerama mode I wonder if it's the
better possible behaviour.

The panel positioning system is not bad, even if it does not know where
the middle of each screen is. At least it does not disappear in the
hidden space of the smaller screen.

xfdesktop is not xinerama aware and that's a known statement :)

The taskbar still appears at the top of screen 1, and there is still the
corresponding lost space at the top of screen 0. This prevents, for
instance, from placing the panel at the real top of the screen 0. If set
to bottom, the taskbar does not disappear and that's correct. There
should be a way to make the taskbar appear on screen 0, imho.

The resolution tab of the display MCS plugin is empty, and that's
logical but ugly ;)

I can make some specific tests. Just ask :)

Francois Le Clainche - PGP key: http://perso.wanadoo.fr/flc.web/pgp.html
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