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Old 08-03-2009, 05:04 AM   #1
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Linux "desktop" and X-server virtual size

I have been using Unix for about 22 years and linux for about 14 years.

One of the great things is the adjustibility. For example, you can use just windows manager (like iceWM or even twm) instead of a "desktop", like Gnome or KDE. These features are slowly disappearing, and that is not good. May be we culd discuss that. An important feature, which is relevant for netbooks, was the ability do define a much bigger size of desktop than the physical screen (example: netbook has 1024x600, but you could define virtual screen 1280x1024, but with viewport 1024x600). You could then work on a much bigger desktop and shift your viewport as needed. You can imagine how important this could be for usability of netbooks! Microsoft never had this!

But this feature seems to have disappeared! I tried to do this on both the original EEE-PC Linux and on the Ubuntu Netbook Remix on the same machine, but though I can put it in the configuration file, it does not work as it used to. Is the videocard limited? Is the software modified? Has this viewport feature been dropped by X11 Xorg? Do you know the answer?
Old 08-03-2009, 08:15 AM   #2
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I think you're right that many of the older X features are slowly fading away as we acquire more Windows/Mac users. I think 3D graphics and DRI have also had some impact on some of this.

You should be able to set the xorg with the line "Virtual 2624 1200"

Here's a link with some info on setting it up:


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