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Old 04-21-2021, 10:17 AM   #1
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Linux distro that can work with multiple monitors

Hello everyone.

I have been using Linux Mint for a couple of years, and everything was fine until I decided to plug in second monitor, that's when I discovered a lot of severe problems that made me to start thinking about switching back to windows. Here is a list of them:
  1. Apps do not remember which monitor they belong to, so after I put my device/monitors to sleep and then wake up - all applications are on the same monitor and I have to start my day by sorting them back
  2. The same problem is noticed in windows as well but at least it remembers which monitor is set to primary and opens apps there, while Linux Mint just puts them onto the leftmost one.
  3. Looks like Mint does not distinguish between primary/secondary monitor at all, because it just opens everything on the left, even code completion pop-ups in IDE! - that it absolutely insane.
  4. There is no "sticky cursor" option that prevents mouse cursor to accidently leave current monitor - a useful feature that is available to windows users via 3rd party utility.

Items 2-3 make it absolutely unusable, the only hack I found to prevent this is to put the leftmost monitor to be logically at bottom, not at the left, but I think such a workarounds must not be necessary to work with a descent operating system

I am sure a lot of people have 2 monitors and there should be a solution to that, maybe another desktop environment rather than Cinnamon or another Lunix distro, rather than Mint, has a better support for several monitors setup. I wonder if any what which one.

Thank you.

Old 04-21-2021, 04:22 PM   #2
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Right out of the box PoP!OS, an Ubuntu fork, had zero issues with my Nvidia card and dual 32in 2k monitors. The default monitor is set during install and can be modified under settings with ease. You cal also adjust your orientation, ie vertical vs horizontal, with ease.

When I wake my system, on a rare occasion apps are on the wrong monitor, but that is seldom. A reboot does address that issue as there is a known memory leak in Gnome under Ubuntu that has been around for over a year and not addressed by Conanicle (sp?) to this point or by the Gnome team.

This is about the only real irritant I have with Ubuntu and its forks.

I moved from Fedora after well over a decade due to issues with the kernel and Nvidia drivers having to many issues. Ubuntu and PoP!OS have been good for addressing those issues.

Have fun and enjoy some liveUSB distros to test.

Some to test:

Gentoo, if you want to get real crazy, does have some amazing options but can take longer to build initially
Old 04-23-2021, 08:49 AM   #3
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On the subject, It's difficult to think of a linux distro that doesn't work with multiple monitors. Maybe tomsrtbt? but that's been abandoned for 15 years minimum.
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How much time did you give the problem before you decided to write a "complaint letter"?
I have to say, Linux is not some company where a complaint would find its way to the people responsible (not that that would happen in most companies nowadays either) - phrasing what is really a help request in this way is likely to draw more derision than support.

I'm sure whatever difficulties you are having are - at least partly - configurable and thus fixable by going through your desktop environment's (DE from now on) settings.
You can't expect Cinnamon to magically know what you would like the default setting to be.
And where there isn't a simple GUI to apply your favourite config, there's always the command line.
You are also free to explore other, more configurable DEs if the current one makes you unhappy.

If you really want to tell Linux Mint developers what you think about their DE or maybe distro in general, you should post there - forums, mailing lists etc.
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Wink Display server settings

I have no specific knowledge to provide a magic answer but believe looking at your display server settings could be a good place to start. What server are you using? I use X11 so would start by by looking at xorg.conf. But I'm sure Wayland etc each have their own settings file. 'xorg.conf' has a very easy format to understand and to setup the desired behaviour. But for setting up all the other display servers, I'm sure google would be a very helpful friend. Or there may quite possibly be a GUI tool to help out in your distro, check the package manager.

Sorry I can't be more specific but I hope this helps. At the very least the results of your study will prove a useful step to understanding the workings of Linux and thus be of good help in the future as well as giving you a very good step into appearing to be an expert (btw There's no such thing, we are all pretending. Any modern OS is too complicated for anyone to be an expert, but it's good to be able look the part ). It's all about gaining your little bit of knowledge & sharing it to help others).

Cheers, Kimdino


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