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Old 09-15-2013, 03:09 AM   #1
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wanting screensaver to span dual monitors like on the Gentoo live cd

The title says most of it - I want my stock x-screensaver to span two monitors. Right now i can have two different screensavers running simultaneously, or have each monitor using the same screensaver. I want to be able to have one screensaver treat both monitors as though they were one monitor.
I know it can be doene because when I use the Gentoo live disk, it does this out of the box.
I'm not advanced enough to install Gentoo, so if any of you could help, I would really appreciate it.

My OS: Linux Lite [based on Ubuntu LTS 12.04]
2 monitors, each 1920 x 1080 in size
Video card: Nvidia Corp. GT218 [GeForce 210]
Old 10-09-2013, 02:33 AM   #2
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Hi: menorux-

You mentioned--
I know it can be done because when I use the Gentoo live disk, it does this out of the box.
Since this is the case:

Did you want to dual boot Gentoo with your current distribution;Linux Lite [based on Ubuntu LTS 12.04]
Old 10-09-2013, 10:39 PM   #3
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That would be great!

I would love to dual boot Gentoo with my Ubuntu 12.04; or any other distro for that matter! As far as I'm concerned, Gentoo's live DVD is probably the cleanest, most elegant Linux distro I've ever used.
However, I paster a small church, have a wife and many kids, and own my own business, and work 40 - 60 hours a week. I don't have time to learn the entire Linux kernal, the scripts, the commands, or even how to install software on a Gentoo system. They have made it unatainable for a guy like me to use it. If you know of a way to install the newest Gentoo Live DVD, I would love to install it as-is and use it as my daily driver. I would absolutely love to dual boot them. I can dual boot just about any Linux distro out there, except for that one. SO, again, if you know an easy way to make it happen, you have a capivated auduience with me!
Old 10-09-2013, 11:40 PM   #4
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You can download Gentoo on this page-
This is what you want if your computer is 64-bit.
"install-amd64-minimal-20130816.iso" Which is a raw CD image 195 MB (minimal install)

32-bit is farther down the page.

I found out that unlike other distros, Gentoo Linux has an advanced package management system called Portage. I do not know this package management system. I also found out a little more: Gentoo does not, by default, use binary packages as other package management systems do (like RPM)-
In honesty I do not know that package management system so I wouldn't be of much help.

I see where being a Pastor, father and husband takes up a lot of your time and you wouldn't have the time to learn a new package management system, muchless write shell scripts and etc.

If your not sure what architicture your computer is you can run this command to find out-
unmae -m
After you download the iso image of Gentoo (or another distro) than all you would have to do is burn the .iso image to a CD/DVD.

I can dual boot just about any Linux distro out there, except for that one.
Unless you have to contend with the UEFI Windows 8 secure boot stuff- (all depends on your computer's motherboard and BIOS) The "lspci" command is good for finding out that information-

Elementary OS Luna is a nice distro too if you would like to view it.

A friend of mine is running Elementary and he is very pleased with it. He mentioned that it's good for everyday use. My friend reccomends it-

Elementary uses the same sudo commands as Ubuntu so you should be at home with that.
Since your already running Ubuntu Elementary OS should provide you with ease.

Whatever you decide I'm here to answer your questions and provide you with assistance.
Old 04-13-2014, 05:08 PM   #5
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An old question but it seems unanswered.

Note that Gentoo can actually use binary packages - the live dvd will install from them. However you still end up with a bit of a steep learning curve anyway.

You might also consider Arch and Sabayon, both of which are derivatives of Gentoo and run off binaries, saving the compilation stuff.

Gentoo will be the one that is best for your soul, our forums, wiki and bugs are legendary (as are Arch's to be honest).

Not sure how to fix the actual problem you are having but I suspect that xrandr is implicated in some way


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