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LinuxPR: Multi-head for Linux

Jun 27, 2000, 10:59 (1 Talkback[s])

"Conectiva is participating in the development of the XFree86 project. It relates to an implementation of the X Window System for the operating systems based on UNIX, such as Linux, FreeBSD, among others. It is focused on the Intel i386 platform, also supporting systems with Alpha or Sparc processors, and is now in its 4.0 version, allowing the user to work with two or more monitors in one single desktop, including the movement of windows from one monitor to the other. Conectiva has participated in this project by collaborating in the development & maintenance of various libraries and programs, the correction of problems and improvement of functioning, this way making the interface easier to use. Also being developed by Conectiva, the graphic configuration program XFree86 4.0, which allows for the user to make various configurations quickly and easily. Using only the mouse and keyboard, it is possible to move images from monitors to manage the physical layout of a system with two or more monitors, adding or removing command lines in the speed that images on the monitor are re-designed, configure devices, among others."

"Being tested and incorporated to the work as well, is the DRI- Direct Rendering Infrastructure, with the objective of accelerating the interface with the graphic boards through the inclusion of a driver inside the kernel, increasing by consequence the speed of image construction."

"This is the first implementation of this sort developed as an open-source project, and, due to the possibility of a bigger desktop, allows various applications, among others, image and text editing to be executed simultaneously using several monitors. Also possesses an extension for support to video presentation, which can be used, among others, as a security video monitoring center, in buildings or shopping-malls."

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