Friday, 3 April 2009

xserver-xorg-video-intel independent destops

I'm running Ubuntu 8.10 - Intrepid Ibex. I moved from Gutsy where I was running the i810 driver which allowed me to have independent desktops so I could have a number of independent workspaces on each of my two monitors.

The i810 driver has been removed and is now considered depreciated.

The intel driver does not support two independent desktops. The XStrikeForce page on RandR states that: "[there are] [n]o more multiple independent desktop[s]". There is a whole discussion about the intel driver and RandR.

Meanwhile, I hit on the idea of opening up a virtual screen on the second monitor.

Using tsclient, I can connect to the localhost using XDMP, and as long as I've allowed local connections and multiple logins, I can connect. However this only works with Xnest, not Xephyr.

I wrote a tiny wrapper script that substitutes the geometry call with screen and it magically works.

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