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Old 09-29-2009, 12:54 PM   #1
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Cool Extend Desktop to another X Windows Display


I am a long time linux user of the Xinerama and other technologies for extending a desktop to multiple monitors. However when I travel with my laptop I miss the multi-monitor support I enjoy at home. Recently I acquired a second laptop for a low price. Both laptops are running Fedora 10 and 11. I use Gnome as my primary desktop environment.

I know about synergy. I use synergy all the time to control the screen of other Windows / Linux systems.

I would like to know, can I sit both my primary and secondary laptops together and achieve a Xinerama-like extended desktop environment? Ideally I would like to start a GNOME session on my primary laptop. And then start a X-Windows Desktop on my secondary laptop and extend my primary laptop's desktop onto it. I would like to be able to move Windows from the primary desktop to the secondary laptop desktop.

Would I need to use synergy to do this with some other bit of X-Windows technology? Or is there X-Windows technology that will do all this for me?

I am familiar with X Windows ability to display applications remotely. I am also familiar with Nomachine's NoX.

Thank you,
Old 09-30-2009, 03:24 PM   #2
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Keep dreaming, as far as I know there is no way. It would be like having one local screen and a remote screen? I've had multiple monitors setup in Fedora 10 & 11 before so that's not the problem; you could hook up the external monitor(vga/dvi) to something and extend it that way.
Old 10-20-2009, 07:25 AM   #3
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You can achieve this running VirtualBox on your primary machine, but you probably would not want this?

Maybe NX from NoMachine could help. Check their website.

Last edited by sakh; 10-20-2009 at 07:29 AM.
Old 11-24-2009, 12:43 PM   #4
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XDmx might be the solution to this problem. I am going to investigate it and see if I can compile the code on a modern Fedora platform and make it work with a modern Gnome desktop.


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