Any news on using cinnamon with separate x screens?

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Any news on using cinnamon with separate x screens?

Postby gotjazz on Thu Oct 31, 2013 1:48 pm

Hey everyone,

am I the only one still using separate X Screens? After years of fiddling around back in the "good ol'" gnome 2 days, I finally found a layout I liked, which allowed me to use two screens, which are not both all the time connected but sometimes come together and which worked with fullscreen applications too.

This was great until gnome 3 came along. Now Gnome 3 doesn't seem to have any interest to work with separate X Screens but wants you to use randr or xinerama or an exteded desktop or whatever. That made me an XFCE fugitive.
But XFCE is starting to look somewhat old and I really enjoy using Cinnamon on a single screen (when the second monitor isn't plugged in that is) - it doesn't seem to work with separate X Screens though (crashes on log-in).

Now I just thought I'd pop in to ask if there's a plan to change that now that Cinnamon is completely separated from GNome 3.

I'm running Arch with Cinnamon 2 and a very basic xorg.conf
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Section "ServerLayout"
   Identifier     "amdcccle Layout"
   Screen      0  "amdcccle-Screen[1]-0" 1280 0
   Screen         "amdcccle-Screen[1]-1" 0 0
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
   Identifier   "0-DFP5"
   Option       "VendorName" "ATI Proprietary Driver"
   Option       "ModelName" "Generic Autodetecting Monitor"
   Option       "DPMS" "true"
   Option       "TargetRefresh" "60"
   Option       "Position" "0 0"
   Option       "Rotate" "normal"
   Option       "Disable" "false"
   Option       "PreferredMode" "1280x720"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
   Identifier   "0-DFP7"
   Option       "VendorName" "ATI Proprietary Driver"
   Option       "ModelName" "Generic Autodetecting Monitor"
   Option       "DPMS" "true"
   Option       "PreferredMode" "1280x1024"
   Option       "TargetRefresh" "60"
   Option       "Position" "0 0"
   Option       "Rotate" "normal"
   Option       "Disable" "false"
EndSection

Section "Device"
   Identifier  "amdcccle-Device[1]-0"
   Driver      "fglrx"
   Option       "Monitor-DFP7" "0-DFP7"
   BusID       "PCI:1:0:0"
EndSection

Section "Device"
   Identifier  "amdcccle-Device[1]-1"
   Driver      "fglrx"
   Option       "Monitor-DFP5" "0-DFP5"
   BusID       "PCI:1:0:0"
   Screen      1
EndSection

Section "Screen"
   Identifier "amdcccle-Screen[1]-0"
   Device     "amdcccle-Device[1]-0"
   DefaultDepth     24
   SubSection "Display"
      Viewport   0 0
      Depth     24
   EndSubSection
EndSection

Section "Screen"
   Identifier "amdcccle-Screen[1]-1"
   Device     "amdcccle-Device[1]-1"
   DefaultDepth     24
   SubSection "Display"
      Viewport   0 0
      Depth     24
   EndSubSection
EndSection


So a 4:3 display that's always plugged in on the right as primary display and a TV which is plugged in when using XBMC on the left.
Now I love XBMC and it's pretty much the main reason I need separate X screens because it just needs to have one to itself in fullscreen. (and also my tv has some weird asymetrical over-/underscan issues which are easier to compensate that way)

I can'T be the only one, can I?
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Re: Any news on using cinnamon with separate x screens?

Postby gotjazz on Sun Nov 03, 2013 7:06 am

oh - seems it's fixed in gnome 3 - maybe the patch can be transferred?

https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=648156 and https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=665061
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Re: Any news on using cinnamon with separate x screens?

Postby nykur on Tue Dec 10, 2013 9:58 pm

You are NOT the only one, there are at least two of us :D I have exactly the same issue: Secondary monitor is a TV that is not always on, underscan issues (fixed mostly by tweaking xorg a little), to the left (just moved it to the right though) mostly used for XBMC.

Twinview is not an option, as sometimes windows open on the wrong monitor (which may be in use as a TV at the time) and stuff like tiling and snapping windows on the primary display become an issue, although it seems to work with Gnome 3.8.

I was using Fedora with Xfce but thougt I'd try out Mint with Cinnamon. But not supporting separate X screens is a showstopper for me. Another thing which I sort of need is a right click menu. Is this even possible with Cinnamon? Anyway, I second this feature request.
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Re: Any news on using cinnamon with separate x screens?

Postby gotjazz on Wed Jan 08, 2014 12:55 pm

seems we're all alone in here :mrgreen:
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