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Which Linux desktop for Multiple Monitors?

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Hi all,

 

I'm setting up a monitoring dashboard at work with 2-3 screens. It's running on a HP mini PC running Ubuntu Server 14.04.5 LTS without a desktop at the moment.

 

Which desktop would offer the best experience for setting up multiple monitors?

 

Thanks in advance

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XFCE 4.12 (or higher, I expect, but the last time I tried it was 4.12) does multi-monitor reasonably well... it's about survivable on triplewide.

Unity is probably the easiest "set it and forget it" UI for triplewide, despite the fact I find it almost unusable for everything else.

Cinnamon, once it's set up, I find the most usable overall, but it can be fun positioning monitors if they're not in the right places by default as with triplewide the cursor location doesn't seem to align with the monitor 'box' in the diagram. I've had this on iterations of Mint from 17.0 through to 18.0 now. It's especially frustrating as sometimes MDM seems to just outright ignore xorg settings via the nVidia Settings application.

Or there's my old favourite of Openbox+XFCE panel+whiskermenu, but that can take some time to convince X that it wants to do it on triplewide. frown.gif

...

I've stuck with Cinnamon on my triplewide systems for quite some time now, but Openbox is my fallback for any system that can't cope with Cinnamon.
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I use cinnamon on my dual monitors. Like mentioned above it completely ignored xorg.conf with at least the positions. It took me a while to figure out it's built in and pretty useless monitor settings was causing the issue. I had to use that to position the monitors since you can't remove or disable it. I have also used xfce in the past and it worked fine.
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I've had the best experience using Openbox with triple monitors.
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i3 has the best multi monitor setup i've used to date. love it. takes a bit to configure but once it's done its well ahead of anything else i've used.
 
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post #6 of 6

Second vote for no DE and just using i3 WM.  I have my test server running like that, and in a static environment it is great.  I also have my laptop running without a DE and just using i3.  Th laptop is hooked up to a number of different multi-monitor situations, and once I got it set up it has worked great.

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