Quest for a dual with independent desktops

Robin H. Johnson robbat2 at
Sat Dec 18 18:47:32 PST 2010

On Sat, Dec 18, 2010 at 03:55:08PM -0600, Nate Bargmann wrote:
> Are there Radeon cards with independent chipsets and dual monitor
> outputs available and is the radeon Xorg driver capable of giving me 
> independent desktops on each monitor?  The card needs to be for PCIE 
> as well.
This can be accomplished with any hardware that supports Zaphod mode as

> BTW, I know about Xrandr desktop extension and display cloning and I'm
> not looking for either feature.
When Zaphod was dropped from the radeon driver previously, I switched
from fluxbox+zaphod to AwesomeWM+xrandr so that I could keep my
independent desktops (esp the seperate switching of virtual desktops on
each side), but I still haven't been that happy with it. Any new
revelations on it would be great to know about. The only thing I gained
with xrandr was the ability to move stuff between the two sides, which
has been nice, but not critical.

Robin Hugh Johnson
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