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Old 07-01-2012, 11:48 AM   #1
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Two Monitors, Two Desktops


I am currently running Openbox and Bbpager with 8 virtual desktops.
Each of the desktops spans both monitors.

I would like ANY of the virtual desktops to fill just one of the monitors, and be independantly switchable, by hotkeys.

I have an NVidia card (GeForce 9500 GT) with dual outputs.
 
Old 07-02-2012, 01:23 PM   #2
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I know the Windows nvidia drivers have built in functionality called "nview" for this. I have not tried with the nvidia Linux drivers but you may want to give it a shot and see if it comes with them.

Other than that you would be looking for a piece of software to do that management of your displays for you. I don't know of any off-hand but I do know they exist. Maybe somebody can post a follow up with some suggestions.
 
Old 07-03-2012, 01:01 AM   #3
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I am currently running Openbox and Bbpager with 8 virtual desktops.
Each of the desktops spans both monitors.

I would like ANY of the virtual desktops to fill just one of the monitors, and be independantly switchable, by hotkeys.

I have an NVidia card (GeForce 9500 GT) with dual outputs.
You would enable Xinerama and run a multi-desktop multi-display setup.
 
Old 07-07-2012, 10:51 AM   #4
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You would enable Xinerama and run a multi-desktop multi-display setup.
This I am doing. The answer must be in the details.
 
Old 07-07-2012, 11:59 AM   #5
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Reading this again, I don't think you can actually do that. You can't have a virtual desktop that simultaneously spans both monitors that switches to one monitor. That's a contradiction in terms. You can have multiple desktops, with each desktop spanning multiple displays, or you can split the displays and have multiple desktops that appear on the separate monitors, each with it's own multiple desktops. You can even drag between them. But you can't put a spanned workspace on one monitor. I'm not 100% sure I understand what you want to do. What utility are you using to set it up, and what video driver?
 
Old 07-07-2012, 12:55 PM   #6
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Reading this again, I don't think you can actually do that. You can't have a virtual desktop that simultaneously spans both monitors that switches to one monitor. That's a contradiction in terms. You can have multiple desktops, with each desktop spanning multiple displays, or you can split the displays and have multiple desktops that appear on the separate monitors, each with it's own multiple desktops. You can even drag between them. But you can't put a spanned workspace on one monitor. I'm not 100% sure I understand what you want to do. What utility are you using to set it up, and what video driver?
Your first option is what I have, and works great, but I would like to improve on.
Your second option is what I want. Multiple desktops, each appearing on its own Monitor. I want to be able to pull any of the available desktops to either of the monitors. I will add more monitors as finance permits.

I am using Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, and have installed nvidia-common, nvidia-current, and nvidia-settings. I use the nvidia-settings tool to to select the configuration option "Separate X screen".
 
Old 07-09-2012, 03:39 PM   #7
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With dual outputs, you can only extend the view or duplicate the view. Instead as you mentioned you have you have the switchable hotkeys, you that to split around the screens from two different systems.

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