I'm using the standard Gnome (2.30.3) that comes with Linux Mint Debian Edition. I have dual monitors and they work as two seperate desktops, each with its own panel. The only 'communication' between them is that I can use the mouse to move the mouse pointer between them, other than that, neither monitor/desktop seems to 'know' that the other exists. I don't like having to grab the mouse just to move the pointer from one monitor/desktop to the other, particularly just to move focus from an xterm on one monitor/desktop to an xterm on the other monitor/desktop. I'm wondering if there might be some way of doing this via a keyboard shortcut. Alt+Tab does not do it, it only cycles between open windows on each desktop. Alt+Ctrl+Arrow does not do it, I can only cycle between workspaces on the current monitor/desktop.
The 'keyboard' section of 'Preferences' lets me enable using the keypad to move the mouse pointer, but, again, it will not move the mouse pointer off one monitor/desktop and onto the other one (in fact it crashes if I try to move the mouse pointer off the larger of the two monitors).
Can it be done? I notice that each open xterm has it's own unique number regardless of which monitor/desktop it is on, so the xterms 'know' about the xterms on the other monitor/desktop. If I had some way of shortcutting to xterms via their number, that would be just fine. Or, some shortcut which moves the mouse pointer off one monitor/desktop and onto the other would also work.
I don't know if this is some issue particular to my hardware (ATI dual head card using the normal fglrx driver), or something built in to Gnome, or something I can fix (hopefully).