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January 23rd, 2009, 10:38 AM
thinking about switching over to ubuntu from windows. I have 12 monitors and i was wondering if this is going to cause a problem with ubuntu. Any help would be much appreciated


January 23rd, 2009, 10:46 AM
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January 23rd, 2009, 10:53 AM
Let me get this straight 12 monitors connected to one workstation?! If so, althrough I find it highly unlikely, most of the cases you won't have too many problems. If they are spanned across different machines, you will have to install Distributed Multihead X.

January 23rd, 2009, 10:54 AM
i'm a derivatives trader, so i have a multi monitor computer with 12 monitors pluged into my system. I was wondering if ubuntu can support this many monitors on one computer

Many thanks.

January 23rd, 2009, 10:57 AM
That's some setup - what graphics cards are you using ?

January 23rd, 2009, 11:15 AM

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January 23rd, 2009, 11:16 AM
geforce 9400 gt's. The computer is built by a company called falcon that specialises in computers for financial traders. You can get them in 4,6,8,12 monitor setups. There's a trader back in the officer who has 16 monitors, which i personally think is overkill - too much information flying at you!

January 23rd, 2009, 11:35 AM
With NVIDIA the configuration should be fairly straight-forward, don't know how will the computer handle the displays performance wise, linux graphics drivers have/had issues with that. Do you plan to use the setup for something resource intensive, presentations in gianormous format or displaying a hell lot of apps?

January 23rd, 2009, 11:57 AM
theoritically it should work. But I doubt anyone ever tried that much monitors so you may want to fire up a Live CD and try for your self.

January 23rd, 2009, 11:57 AM
just to display various charts of the markets, and information feeds. I'm going to do a duel boot, so i'll see what happens. Just want to get off windows...

January 23rd, 2009, 12:01 PM
Shouldn't be a problem then, although I looked at the specs of falcon pc's and you could even do some 3d stuff on it with a reasonable performance (like Compiz desktop effects). Send us a line if you have a problem with X configuration.

January 23rd, 2009, 01:03 PM
Send us a picture of this setup if you get it to work :)

January 24th, 2009, 02:59 AM
Oooh, I always wanted a setup like that, just so I could put them all in a circle, get in the middle with a chair and wireless keyboard/mouse, and just spin around like mad.

I had a triple monitor setup a few years ago, back when I had two video cards in my system. I figured since SLI wasn't supported in Linux, I'd make use of all those ports, since I had monitors laying around. If you're wondering I dual boot xp ONLY for gaming, and that's why I had SLI system back before it was supported on Linux. At the time I had to use a mix of twinview and xinerama to pull that off. I was also running Gentoo back then, so I cobbled together this really complex xorg.conf file by hand, so I'm not sure how easy it with the GUI options in Ubuntu. I poked around some of my old backups, but couldn't find a copy of the xorg.conf file I used. That must have been 4 years ago, so I'm sure it has to be easier than that today.

March 7th, 2009, 11:54 PM
just to display various charts of the markets, and information feeds. I'm going to do a duel boot, so i'll see what happens. Just want to get off windows...

glad to see a trader around, 12 is a bit much, LOL..

Friend is using 3 for that purpose, on ATi 3650 cards. I never figure out how to get matrox G200 MMS working in Ubuntu (8.04 and 8.10).