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Re: is KDE dead - did Gnome win?



On Wednesday 31 December 2008 08:16:44 Anne Wilson wrote:
> On Tuesday 30 December 2008 14:00:22 Ian Pilcher wrote:
> > Proper dual-head support is the omission that affects me the most right
> > now.
>
> I tried to find out the current state of this, for you.  Here are the
> replies I've received so far:
>
> 1) Dual monitor as in Xinerama or NVidia's TwinView?
>
> I've been using that forever, since I first started using KDE 4. The only
> thing that annoyed me in the beginning was the inability to add a Plasma
> panel to the right screen. That has been fixed for a long while (though
> that might mean it's a KDE 4.2 fix).
>
> 2) I had a very bad experience with a dual monitor in KDE4.2b2, and after I
> spoke with a very nice guy in #kwin (his name started with Z, iirc) that
> explaned me that if you start KDE and after you plug-in the monitor and you
> configure it from the System Setting you are using XRenderR that is under
> development but is not complete, while there is a way through Xorg to
> configure correctly the dual monitor (I don't had enough time to test this
> way)
>
> 3) My experience: If its setup via xorg.conf statically it works quite well
> (can't recall any plasma problems with that). Dynamically enabling a
> monitor via xrandr still doesn't work, it crashes kwin endlessly (i.e. its
> unusable) and IIRC also plasma still has a problem with that (didn't notice
> the new screen and hence didn't setup a containment for it).
>
> I guess that whatever it was I read (probably in a developer's blog) it was
> talking about a new commit that brings this nearer.  It sounds to me as
> though it will not be ready/complete when 4.2 is released.
>
> If I get anything more concrete I'll pass it on.
>
One other person said that he has twinview working in 4.1.3.  Does that help?

Anne

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