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TOSP : Survey on Multi-Monitor Setups
By Hadrien Grasland on 2011-08-29 09:50:51
"Recently, Brendan and I have been arguing about what can reasonably be expected from a multi-monitor OS (among other graphical stack things). We've reached the conclusion that nothing replaces real-world user data. So anyone interested, please answer this survey about multi-monitor setups and expectations ! (Results will be published here once the amount of answers has reached a steady state, I'd say in a month at worst)" (Source)
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my experience
By fran on 2011-08-29 12:07:55
From my own experience. (sorry for mistakes…don’t have much time for proofread now)
In many working environments a multi-monitor is a necessity not a luxury. (Do you hear boss?)

My progression went as follows.
I first worked on a single 19" LCD.
Only one screen could realistically be opened at a single time.
To split my accounting application and excel spreadsheet in that screen is impractical.
To save time I relied a lot on printing and also when detailed email instruction was received in Outlook I had to print that out also.
Not to mention the time of frequently open and closing applications.

I got a 23" LCD
Now I can split my screen while enough visible fields.
Now I save time and printing costs. Not to mention your productivity.

It also is great for leisure.
When you play a game it's also more immersive.
Also when I open up Kindle through its Chrome extension in one screen and open a developer book like "PHP cookbook" or something I can do the exercises on the other second screen.
That second screen is split into notepad or php designer and a browser.
So it is a great learning setup also.

I got a second 23"LED
Now I usually have windows open at once. One full screen and the other split.

Some things some people should now.
Buy your LCD or LED with maximum inputs.
For instance the cheaper ones only have D-Sub inputs. Get one with DVI and/or HDMI.
There are just so many models still on the market with only D-Sub that some less informed people frequently make the mistake of going for the "special" only to realise the mistake later.

You also might run into difficulty setting up a multi monitor setup with only D-Sub. D-Sub is not supported in most of today’s graphics cards.

Also you don’t need an expensive workstation graphics card to run two or sometimes more monitor setups.
Check the outputs on your planned or current graphics card. Many graphics cards come with 1 DVI and 1 Hdmi output. You can still run multi monitor setup with these. You might need an adapter though. But they are cheap. (For DVI there is HDMI adapters..no quality loss)

Install two or more browsers.
Install two or more spreadsheet programs.
For instance now you can have two spreadsheet open alongside each other like Gnumeric and Excel. This is handy with some tasks.

My conclusion.
With the increased productivity and lesser printing costs that bigger or second monitor pays for itself very quickly. It's also great for studying.

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RE: my experience
By WereCatf on 2011-08-29 12:32:55
> Install two or more browsers.

Why? You can just use ctrl+n to open a new window and move that other window to the 2nd monitor.

> My conclusion.
With the increased productivity and lesser printing costs that bigger or second monitor pays for itself very quickly. It's also great for studying.

I have a few extra monitors lying around and I've tried multi-monitor setups a few times, but... I've never found any real use for them, they only serve as a distraction instead of being useful. I find it much easier to just alt-tab or resize windows so that I can fit multiple ones on the same screen so I don't have to move my mouse or eyes over such a long distance; I can just get a glance at all I'm doing with minimal eye-movement.
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By Adurbe on 2011-08-29 12:36:08
I think to would be interesting to see how people layout their screens. I personally have my primary monitor facing me flat with the secondary on the right
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RE[2]: my experience
By fran on 2011-08-29 12:48:52
it's for e commerce purposes.
I work in chrome. but the link to the products is in a spreadsheet i open in another browser.
When i then open the product page (firefox defaul browser setting) it will open on the right side next to chrome.
The setup is thus. Chrome..Firefox in the first and Excel on the second screen.
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RE: layout
By fran on 2011-08-29 12:56:38
same here
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MultiMonitor / MultiOS setup
By etrek on 2011-08-29 13:28:52
I have 3 24" monitors setup up horizontally.

2 Monitors are attached to one machine running xubuntu w/ati-amd + xinerama (different backgrounds yayy!).

1 Monitor running off my older MacbookPro with the mouse and keyboard "attached" to the linux box via "synergy". No moving windows but cut and paste works!

Nice to have code on one screen and output on the other + 3rd for misc stuff and testing.
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Question #5
By AnythingButVista on 2011-08-29 13:42:29
I don't understand question #5. Is it about the physical monitor edges actually touching or is it about them having the same resolution so pixel continuity isn't broken?
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RE[2]: layout
By AnythingButVista on 2011-08-29 13:46:53
We are now three with the same setup.
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My setup
By Wafflez on 2011-08-29 13:50:27
Originally I was planning on getting three 22" (or so) 1080p monitors and stacking them vertically. But ultimately decided on going with one 30" (2560x1600) and one 22" (1080p resolution), as it's enough space for me plus watching movies is better than on one 22" monitor and rotating it back to horizontal.
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My setup
By AnythingButVista on 2011-08-29 13:51:06
I have two HDTV monitors, both connected to a Radeon HD 5550 card and running in Windows 7. The Primary display is connected via HDMI and the secondary monitor is connected to the VGA port. They are not the same side (primary = 22-inch and secondary = 24-inch) but they both run at 1080p (1920x1080). The primary monitor also doubles as an over-the-air TV when I'm not using the computer. The secondary display came as a monitor when it's crappy TV tuner failed.

Edited 2011-08-29 13:52 UTC
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