Dual Screen on Xubuntu 11.10

It is going very well with Xubuntu 11.10. I am actually amazed. As I hoped the package reps are perfectly maintain and I do not need to deal with “new generation” desktops.

PROBLEM:
Anyway, there was something from the beginning I did not like. Ubuntu or Linux Mint had very good graphic card support on dual screen. So, it was easy to maintained, but with Xubuntu this was a little bit of trouble. When you go to settings manager “Display” options were few with no help (Figure 1). So, I was looking for a solution to fix this easily instead of dealing with xorg.conf file like old days.

Figure 1: Xubuntu classic Display options.

SOLUTION:
Thanks to this page, I found what I am looking for; “grandr”. This software is actually a GTK+ interface to “xrandr”. I tried with my user account to set it up but I was not succeful. When I tried with “sudo” I managed to setup the configuration I want (Figure 2). You can install with:

sudo apt-get install grandr

There is only one trick. Open it and make both screen AUTO configure first. Say Apply and close. RE-open it and you are ready to distribute your desktop on different screens.

Figure 2: "grandr" window. Quite easy to use...

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