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Okay, a quick search around the web said this wasn't possible. But I figured I would ask here before I write it off and go to plan B*.

Basically, here is the deal, I have a Nvidia Graphics card and two monitors, is there anyway to have a different wallpaper on each monitor? As I said a quick search claimed I couldn't do it but I figured I would see if anybody knew a hack around it, as I said I am using Ubuntu 10.10.

*Plan B: Basically just appending two images together via GIMP.
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If GNOME can use a different background for each workspace then I'd imagine so. I know it can definitely be done in KDE.
    
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I think the only way to do it in gnome would be to use seperate x servers with xinerama enabled, but you will loose any sort of compositing cause xinerama is incompatible for the most part with nvidia proprietary drivers.

there might be a way to do it in twinview and compiz-fuzion, i don't think "appending two images" together will work, as the background isn't "stretched" across the monitors as it is in say, android OS.

Like randomizer said, it is able to be done in KDE without any hacks, and imho KDE+Kwin is better than Gnome+compiz/metacity any day
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Well, I kind of want to stick with Gnome, at least for now. Heck, just kind of got everything working how I want it to work.

Guess I will just have to use my mad GIMP skillz for now.

Thanks everybody for the help.
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post #5 of 10
The only way to do it in Gnome is with the extra compiz plugins. It has a few options for some wallpaper/desktop hacks... it really doesn't work that well haha. Plus even if you do get it to work it creates actual separate desktops (i.e. different desktop icons and such) so its really not all that helpful imo.

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I wonder if GNOME 3 supports this (I would hope so).
    
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I wonder if GNOME 3 supports this (I would hope so).
lol youve got it wrong... with how gnome development works, gnome 1 would support it and the functionality was taken out in gnome 2 and in gnome 4 you wont even be able to set a desktop
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I wonder if GNOME 3 supports this (I would hope so).
Not until there are dual-screen netbooks.
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lol youve got it wrong... with how gnome development works, gnome 1 would support it and the functionality was taken out in gnome 2 and in gnome 4 you wont even be able to set a desktop
lol seems to be the standard fare
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# nvidia-settings

select separate X screen for each of your monitors.

only draw back is, i haven't yet figured out how to move a window from one display to the other. Each monitor is it's own separate X server, which knows nothing about the other one.

I didn't even read all this talk about gnome. who cares. The question is a result of your xserver layout, and if you use two separate screens, the window manager should run on both. So gnome/kde/whatever shouldn't matter. If for some reason it does, you should use fluxbox (you should use fluxbox anyway).

xinerama combines both displays = one big background

twinview seems to do the same thing, but i dont think it should

$ echo $DISPLAY

try that from a terminal on each monitor. If you get :0.0 on both, you'll only be able to get one background. You'll need to see :0.1 from the other one to get a second background, and so far the only way i've found to do that is with separate x servers. Overall it is the best setup, if only i could move windows back and forth. Fluxbox gives me two separate taskbars, backgrounds, sets of workspaces, etc.. it's really nice, minus not being able to do win+shift+left and move the window over
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