[CS-FSLUG] Multiple Monitors and three programs at once

Micah Yoder micah at yoderdev.com
Sat Apr 27 10:05:21 CDT 2013

Seems like you're all overcomplicating it.  KDE (and probably Gnome) 
lets you configure multiple monitors easily. You can drag programs to 
the desired monitor.  No messing with xorg.conf required!

Also I think this is supported well by pretty much any modern video 
card.  I can get two separate displays with integrated Intel graphics 
easily, or even integrated nVidia using Nouveau.  I had a co-worker with 
6 displays running from a single computer.  (That is a bit nuts!)

On 04/22/2013 01:52 PM, Josiah Ritchie wrote:
> I believe this mostly falls to video cards. The operating systems can 
> certainly support the monitors. You just need some video cards. 
> Typical advice is to have the same video card for each monitor if you 
> don't have one card that can handle three monitors itself. It makes 
> life easier. I've done it with differing cards, but it can be rough. 
> You may also want to avoid on-board video for this.
> The biggest trick on Linux is getting you X config setup just right so 
> that whatever you put on top of it (Gnome, KDE, Unity, etc.) works. I 
> think that's where having the same cards is helpful. If you go with 
> NVidia cards, they have proprietary drivers that include a program 
> that helps get everything lined up properly for you and organize the 
> monitors however you wish physically.
> Once you struggle through the hardware and X config, the rest should 
> be pretty straight forward. In the modern OSs you may find they handle 
> the detection and configuration really well if you have the same card 
> and will just come up. Then you just have to tell it where you have 
> the monitors physically so it knows how to interact with them.
> JSR/
> On Mon, Apr 22, 2013 at 2:20 PM, Eduardo Sanchez <lists at sombragris.org 
> <mailto:lists at sombragris.org>> wrote:
>     On Monday 22 April 2013 10.14.56 <tel:2013%2010.14.56> Jim Isbell,
>     W5JAI wrote:
>     > I am trying to set up a trading platform to trade options on the
>     stock
>     > market and need a computer that will drive three monitors
>     > simultaneously and well as an OS that can run three different
>     > programs simultaneously to the three different monitors.  40 years
>     > ago with DOS and using "C" that was not a problem, but today
>     > everything is "packaged" so its hard to pull things apart for
>     special
>     > needs,
>     >
>     > Is there a way, using Mint 11 Linux, or something else and are there
>     > CPUs that can handle three monitors??
>     >
>     >
>     >
>     > Jim Isbell
>     Hi Jim,
>     I would suggest you to try the latest KDE. It has a great module for
>     multiple monitors.
>     Regards,
>     Eduardo
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