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Kerias 26 sep. 2013 a las 6:46
Best distro/DE for multiple monitors?
Like the topic says, which is the best distro/DE for multiple monitors? I´m currently running Linux mint 13 with MATE, and it doesn´t work very well. I have a Nvidia GPU btw.
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Keiro 26 sep. 2013 a las 7:21 
That's a good question.

I don't currently have a multiple-monitor solution for my Linux PC going as of yet... mostly because I just spent quite a bit of penny upgrading the graphics to handle three monitors for my Windows PC... so just my Windows PC has multi-monitor at this time. But as soon as I find out, for my Linux PC, you'll know. :P

Hopefully others here have something similar going already though!
Kerias 26 sep. 2013 a las 7:27 
Yeah unfortunatly Windows is better when it comes to multiple monitors. But I´d rather not swich to Windows because of this.
ubuntista 26 sep. 2013 a las 7:45 
Never had any problem doing multiple monitor on a linux desktop as long as your graphic card support it. Now the problem is more or less the GUI tools that don't enable triple head. Double head works perfectly for me (intel or nvidia)
tsiften 26 sep. 2013 a las 7:58 
I have Arch64 with openbox-lxde. No problem here as soon as you get use to nvidia-settings configuration. What is your problem exactly?

Tell us more about your system. Is yours OS 32 or 64 bit? Which gpu you got? Open source drivers or proprietary?
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PranQster 26 sep. 2013 a las 13:52 
Mageia handles multi monitors well with nvidia, and nvidia proprietary driver is included as option during install.
Doc Holliday 26 sep. 2013 a las 16:40 
Fedora works really well out of the box for multiple monitors
Kerias 26 sep. 2013 a las 22:39 
Publicado originalmente por tsiften:
I have Arch64 with openbox-lxde. No problem here as soon as you get use to nvidia-settings configuration. What is your problem exactly?

Tell us more about your system. Is yours OS 32 or 64 bit? Which gpu you got? Open source drivers or proprietary?

Well, I have a monitor and a tv connected to my rig. And the only option in the monitor setting is to have twinview, which will get the panel and the programs to one of the screens, but not the other. Then when I run a game for instance, it appears on the other one, even if it´s turned off. So right now I´ll have to unplug my tv or my monitor from my rig. And I also get that the resolution change often when switching. I know this isn´t a really big problem, but it would be nice if there where some distro or DE that could handle it better.

I´m running Linux Mint 13 MATE 64-bit. And I got a Geforce GTX 650Ti with propritery drivers version 319.32.
Cybertao 26 sep. 2013 a las 23:27 
Try configuring you monitors in Xorg.
The Arch wiki has an article that covers it, with a notice that is probably relevant to you.
https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/NVIDIA#Multiple_monitors
Warning: As of August 2013, Xinerama is broken when using the proprietary NVIDIA driver from 319 upwards. Users wishing to use Xinerama with the NVIDIA driver should use the NVIDIA 313 driver, which works only with Linux kernels earlier than 3.10.

It's not mentioned on there, but full screen always wants to be at 0,0 - the leftmost monitor.
Última edición por Cybertao; 26 sep. 2013 a las 23:31
DrGreenthumbs89 28 dic. 2014 a las 10:41 
Hey Kerias, if you haven't found a DE you like yet for multi-monitors give gnome 3 a try. It works really well and can eliminate your game playing on the wrong screen. If my game ends up running on the wrong screen I alt+tab out then use the windows key to open my dash. Then gnome should show your game window among all other windows as well, just drag an drop your game window to the designated screen and it should work.
Jarno + Jarno 29 dic. 2014 a las 4:19 
I use Arch + XFCE on my desktop rig with 2 displays and TV connected and it works pretty good for my use.
Letalis Sonus 29 dic. 2014 a las 19:56 
Most DEs work well enough with mutliple monitors, you just need to figure out how to configure them. For example, MATE/Gnome 2 and XFCE need some manual configuration if your primary monitor isn't the left one - their configuration GUIs don't offer any possibility to do so. Additionally, every single DE out there seems to ignore the "primary" RandR attribute...

BTW: Xinerama is ancient and unsupported broken ♥♥♥♥, don't even consider using it if you need hardware acceleration. Also, it's completely incompatible with the Composite extension (Unity, Gnome Shell, and pretty much everything else offering hardware-accelerated desktop effects)

Publicado originalmente por ubuntista:
Now the problem is more or less the GUI tools that don't enable triple head.
On the contrary, most GUI configuration programs can handle more dispalys than you could possibly imagine. However, most video cards simply can't handle it hardware-wise, because they usually only provide hardware support for up to 2 displays - which required native DisplayPort support for more devices. Additionally, the whole desktop surface of a RandR configuration has to fit into a single texture - this is usually only an issue with 2 displays on very old video cards, though.
Red Sonja 30 dic. 2014 a las 9:22 
Manjaro KDE works well
SKYFALL 30 dic. 2014 a las 11:36 
I'd also recommend Arch 64 with any DE
FlexXxY#SteelSeries 30 dic. 2014 a las 11:56 
good :D
♥™ .:*รς๏Ŧเєl๔*:. 30 dic. 2014 a las 12:10 
:)
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