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As I mentioned above, a window manager does not need to be written to support Xinerama. However there are certain enhancements which window manager developers can do to make Xinerama users lives easier. Features which I thought were desireable include:
* Intelligent placement of windows. Window managers should not place windows in dead areas or across the borders of two heads. New windows should be placed in the current desktop.
* Maximizing windows should maximize the window to the current head only.
* Window Movements should have edge resistance between heads (Much like they have resistance to other windows).
* Dialogs and informative messages should not pop up Between Heads.
I searched the mailing lists, FAQs, and emailed the developers of most of the major window managers to see if they were working on any Xinerama related extensions. The Window Managers/ Desktop environments I reviewed included Blackbox, Enlightenment, KDE, WindowMaker, and XFCE. Enlightenment and Sawfish were the only two which I found significant enhancements for Xinerama. I have detailed what I discovered below.
From their news page: Sun Mar 26 2000
E with Xinerama support
From the Sawfish mailing list I have discovered that they are actively developing Xinerama support. Features which are currently in the development version include :
* Preventing Windows from being mapped across heads * Preventing Windows from being mapped in dead spots * Edge resistance moving between heads * Centered and Random placement modes place windows on the current Head
I have not tested this functionality.
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