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post Jan 9 2009, 04:01 PM
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I've heard that using two monitors (or a laptop's screen and a monitor) is actually quite useful, and am thinking about trying it (which would mean figuring out how to set it up under Xorg, how to disable it when the extra monitor is disconnected, etc.).

So, what do people think (preferably those people who use or have used such a setup, but other opinions are welcome as well)?
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post Jan 10 2009, 10:01 AM
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Work provides a Toshiba Tecra M9 with nvidia graphics. Internal is 1440x900, and I use it in a dock with external Dell 24" 1920x1200.
If I boot without the external monitor I don't need to tweak the xorg.conf, it simply doesn't even atttempt to use it and everything works normally.

I find it really helps to be able to have three activities running and visible - i.e. a mix of email, editor, web browser and terminal sessions, and still leaves room for an IM chat window or two! The real productivity gains comes when you can have a page of source code up and the resulting web page and the generated HTML at the same time!
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