Question on Dual-Head/TwinView Configuration with intel/i810 driver

Colin Guthrie gmane at
Thu Oct 4 12:07:48 PDT 2007

Rick Romero wrote:
> On Thu, 2007-10-04 at 16:40 +0100, Colin Guthrie wrote:
>> Michael Duelli wrote:
>>> yes, this is the official manual. It describes only a bigdesktop 
>>> solution, but not how to configure TwinView :-)
>> AFAIK, "TwinView" is the name nvidia gave to their Xinerama-esque
>> implementation so it wont be available in any other driver other than
>> nvidia.
>> What do you want to do? Are you looking to have two separate display
>> numbers (e.g. DISPLAY=0.1 and DISPLAY=0.2?) and not be able to drag
>> windows between them (although let the pointer move between them)?
>> If so this is a multiple screen system (I think my terminology is
>> correct - please someone correct me!).
>> I am not sure how this config is supported in the new randr 1.2 world.
>> I'm not overly sure as to why one would want it either but that is
>> another point..... :)
> I Do!  This widescreen is driving me nuts! In one 'mode' I prefer to
> have a browser on my right side, which I may need to read and apply to
> whatever I'm working on on the left side.  Since I may have multiple
> projects open on the left, I'd prefer to not have multiple browsers open
> on the right.
> Also, while I may not need the reference on the right, I may want to
> 'keep an eye' on something that's running, while being able to move
> around freely on the left (email, opera, ssh, rdesktops)   
> I may combine both.  I might need help with some code, and I need to
> source the web and IRC.  More than likely, I'll either be working the
> web or IRC - so that's fine on two virtual desktops on the right - but
> not both at the same time.   I'll still need what I'm ACTUALLY working
> on to be on the left.
> Make sense?

I'm sure it's my own ignorance but I don't see how what you describe is
not possible with xrandr and a suitably advanced window manager?


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