Dual-Monitor Setups Are Ideal for Open Source Enthusiasts

by Sam Dean - May. 17, 2011Comments (0)

If you happen to work each day around other computer users, you've probably noticed that more and more of them have dual-monitor setups on their desktops. A closer analysis of this phenomenon reveals that certain kinds of users benefit most from having two monitors instead of one. Working with that idea, Computeworld has an interesting analysis posted on whether developers benefit disproportionately from dual monitors. In my experience, developers can definitely benefit from this setup, but so can open source enthusiasts who work in more than one desktop environment, and open source users who favor both of the leading open source browsers: Firefox and Google Chrome. Here is why you should investigate a two-monitor lashup if you haven't already.

I made the switch to two desktop monitors a few years ago, and I will never switch back. Except when I am using a laptop on a mobile basis, I always work with two monitors. The efficiency benefits of a dual-monitor setup are immediately apparent. For example, I like to run both Firefox and Google Chrome as my browsers--Firefox for use with extensions, and Chrome for sheer surfing speed. I often have both browsers up on dedicated monitors at the same time--a huge productivity boost.

Writers, too, can strongly benefit from a dual-monitor arrangement. Writing doesn't just consist of staring at a blank page and trying to fill it with words. Writers are constantly accessing information from external sources and sifting messages from those sources. With two monitors, you can view what you're writing and what you're researching concurrently.

I'm also running into more FOSS users who run two desktop environments together, such as Linux and Mac OS. Here again, if you do this and you're not using two monitors, try a dual-monitor setup. It's boosts productivity and ease of computing tasks exponentially, and there are also useful open source tools to optimize your dual-monitor experience. 

One of our readers here at OStatic has also pointed out that you don't have to stop at two monitors. Check out his four-monitor setup in this photo gallery, which he calls MEGADESK. How nice is that?

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