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I've got an idea for$randomwindowmanager in combination with a multiheaded setup, but I haven't figured out how it should work. Also I don't really know where to place the feature request.

Now for the idea. I've been working with screen (wikipedia:GNU_Screen) for some years now. One thing I like about it, is the fact that I can get a multi-display mode (screen -x), so you can have multiple terminals all connected to the same screen. The fun thing about it, is that you can get 2 terminals with the same content and switch my onscreen layout, without moving the terminals. I admit, in screen it's not extremely useful, but I think for a wm it can be.

Imagine this. You've got two monitors and 4 workdesks. On one workdesk I've got my IDE with code, on the second one I've got the output, on the third one I've got the documentation and on the forth one I've got my e-mail and IM clients. At one moment, I want my IDE and output on my monitors, another moment my code and documentation and Yet another moment my IM to consult a colleague and documentation or code. Finally my colleague comes to help me at my desk. I'd like it if we could both watch the same workdesk without him sitting on my lap, so I turn one monitor so he can see it better. It would be great if we could see the same thing that's on my monitor (exclude mousepointer).

The thing with most WMs is that your workspaces on the two monitors are either separated or glued together. If they're separated, you can change workspaces on each monitor autonomous, but you can't exchange applications between monitors because they're different x-clients (iirc). If they're glued together (xinerama), you can exchange the applications, but when changing your workspace, the other monitors change too.

So, what I'd like to know is this. Is this already possible or should I submit a feature request somewhere (and if so, where?)

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(+1) Intriguing idea! I'd be interested to know if there was any solution remotely approaching what you propose. – nagul Sep 24 '09 at 21:36
Okay, I found something, but it's a bit spartan in it's behavior. can do the single workspace-pool. It can't do the cloning of the desktop, but I can take that for granted. The only thing is, it takes a while to get used to. :) – blauwblaatje May 31 '12 at 20:03
Ree also WM. – Beni Cherniavsky-Paskin May 7 '13 at 2:17

try Xvnc, thats exactly what you want imho. your screen 'replacement' is a normal vnc-viewer, all your apps are running in that one Xvnc instance.

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Sorry for the late reply. :) I tried it, but it's not what I mean. Now I get two times the same desktop with the same mouse pointer and same workdesk. When I switch on one instance from workdesk, the other one also switched. That's not what I meant. :) – blauwblaatje Jun 27 '11 at 12:46

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