Linux distro that can work with multiple monitors

fires3as0n

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Hello everyone.

I have been using Linux Mint for a couple of years, and everything was fine until I decided to plug in second monitor, that's when I discovered a lot of severe problems that made me to start thinking about switching back to windows. Here is a list of them:
  1. Apps do not remember which monitor they belong to, so after I put my device/monitors to sleep and then wake up - all applications are on the same monitor and I have to start my day by sorting them back
  2. The same problem is noticed in windows as well but at least it remembers which monitor is set to primary and opens apps there, while Linux Mint just puts them onto the leftmost one.
  3. Looks like Mint does not distinguish between primary/secondary monitor at all, because it just opens everything on the left, even code completion pop-ups in IDE! - that it absolutely insane.
  4. There is no "sticky cursor" option that prevents mouse cursor to accidently leave current monitor - a useful feature that is available to windows users via 3rd party utility.
Items 2-3 make it absolutely unusable, the only hack I found to prevent this is to put the leftmost monitor to be logically at bottom, not at the left, but I think such a workarounds must not be necessary to work with a descent operating system

I am sure a lot of people have 2 monitors and there should be a solution to that, maybe another desktop environment rather than Cinnamon or another Lunix distro, rather than Mint, has a better support for several monitors setup. I wonder if any what which one.

Thank you.

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dos2unix

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Well, it isn't a problem for some Linux's.
What video card are you using? How much video RAM?
What resolutions are you trying to support?

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fires3as0n

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Well, it isn't a problem for some Linux's.
What video card are you using? How much video RAM?
What resolutions are you trying to support?

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I am sorry, but I don't see any relation between how OS treats secondary monitor and PC video card RAM.
But if you want, let's imagine I have integrated intel video card and 2 full HD monitors.
 

Tolkem

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maybe another desktop environment rather than Cinnamon
Yes, I suggest you try another DE rather than a different distro. In my experience, the two DEs that handle 2+ monitors/screens better are XFCE and KDE Plasma, I can recommend the latter since that's the one I currently use and it is possible to mark one monitor as the primary, I don't remember whether XFCE has such an option too.
 

dos2unix

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I am sorry, but I don't see any relation between how OS treats secondary monitor and PC video card RAM.
But if you want, let's imagine I have integrated intel video card and 2 full HD monitors.
total number of pixels x color depth bits = how much video RAM you need.

Two 4k monitors running 32 bit color, take a LOT more video RAM than 2 1k monitors running
in 8bit or 16bit color mode. Some video cards won't support it.

MATE also works well with multiple monitors.
 

Condobloke

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G'day fires3ason, Welcome to Linux.org

You are running Linux Mint.....which version ?...18.3?...etc
 
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