It was big news when Ubuntu 7.04 was released, and immediately after that milestone work on Ubuntu 7.10 began (codenamed Gutsy Gibbon). This version, slated for release in October 2007, promises to bring many improvements to the user experience by including many more device drivers, improving the codec searching process, and cleaning up the boot-up process.

Besides for those features there is one thing that I am super excited to see implemented, and that’s a user interface (UI) for managing dual monitors. Everyday I hook my laptop up to a 24" external monitor so that I can get a dual-screen setup. In Ubuntu I have never been able to get both monitors to simultaneously, which is done by editing some files. Hopefully a UI will be the answer to my problems!

Ubuntu Multi Monitor

Not only is it easy to configure the monitor setup, but you can also choose from multiple profiles at the top. This would let you configure different settings for home or work, and then it would take a few clicks to switch between the two different locations.

I have heard that NVidia’s drivers already make it easy to configure multiple monitors on your computer, but all of my computers have ATI or Intel graphics cards in them.

At this time they only plan to support up to two screens, so people with more than two monitors might still have a tough time. And if this is you, all I can say is good luck:

Multi monitor

Here is the current guide for setting up multiple monitors on Ubuntu.

Source: Ubuntu Mailing List [via Ubuntu 7.10 Features and Digg]

There Are 9 Comments

  1. @Ryan – Where did you get a picture of my monitor setup??? :roll:

  2. Good more features. As right now it’s hard with my laptop when I hook it up to a projector in class.

    :D

  3. It’s not actually that hard to get dual monitors going at the same time, though it does require manual configuration of the xorg.conf file. Even the nVidia GUI screen doesn’t really do the trick. What is impractical is to switch back and forth. Like with a laptop SOMETIMES you plug in the monitor and sometimes you’re away from the desk where the monitor is. It would really be great if you could just hot plug the monitors at will and they either worked right away or a gui came up to ask you how you wanted to set the new monitor up.

    I would love to see Ubuntu get away entirely from editing xorg.conf manually however, hopefully next release it will happen.

  4. The only reason I haven’t abandoned Windows is because I can’t get my three monitor setup working with Ubuntu. This is a promising step in the right direction. Your days are numbered, Bill. ;)

  5. OldManDeath wrote:
    @Ryan – Where did you get a picture of my monitor setup??? :roll:

    Google Street View. :)

    ArtInvent wrote:
    It would really be great if you could just hot plug the monitors at will and they either worked right away or a gui came up to ask you how you wanted to set the new monitor up.

    That’s something I’m looking for as well, but I figured with the addition of profiles that I could easily switch back and forth between monitor setups on my laptop.

    Andrew wrote:
    The only reason I haven’t abandoned Windows is because I can’t get my three monitor setup working with Ubuntu. This is a promising step in the right direction. Your days are numbered, Bill. ;)

    I’m not sure if they’ll get in three monitor support by the time Ubuntu 7.10 is released, but I’m sure that would be coming shortly after.

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