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Window placement with Apple's X11 and dual screens Apps
After successfully hacking the iBook firmware and enabling the extended monitor functionality using an external monitor, I was completely boggled by why new application windows always appeared on the iBook LCD and not the external monitor I use as the main screen.

I toyed around with the display settings in System Preferences where you can specify the geometry of the two displays (e.g. how they are geometrically related to one another). It turned out that the Apple X11 (or the Quartz WM, more likely) prefers to place new windows on the screen that is geometrically higher than the other screen. By moving the LCD display slightly lower than the external screen in the display geometry, windows started appearing on the external screen. And all is well.
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Window placement with Apple's X11 and dual screens
Authored by: gdsimms on Jan 22, '04 12:10:58PM
When my monitors are arranged like this:
            +------------+
            |            |
            |            |
+----------+|            |
|          |+------------+
|          |
+----------+
Then the new X11 windows get placed in the upper-left of the super-rectangle that encloses both screens, like this:
+===+       +------------+
|   |       |            |
+---+       |            |
+----------+|            |
|          |+------------+
|          |
+----------+
That is, out of view and out of reach. Dumb.

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