Using Two Monitors In Fedora 13 -- Apps "Follow The Cursor"

Robert L Cochran cochranb at
Wed May 19 19:07:41 UTC 2010

I use Fedora on a Dell Latitude E6400 laptop. 99.999% of the time, the 
laptop is connected to a Dell docking station and that has a Dell 
2408WFP-HC 24" monitor connected to it. I try to move my application 
screens to the larger monitor.

On Fedora 12, if I start Thunderbird and then quickly move the cursor to 
the large monitor instead of the laptop's monitor, the Thunderbird 
screen will open on the larger monitor. The app screen seems to "follow 
the cursor". I wish it would just open on the larger monitor when one is 
connected, by default.

Firefox seems to have this behavior also. I'm unsure of OpenOffice 
Writer's exact behavior on Fedora 12 but it seems to be like this as well.

On Fedora 13, if I start Thunderbird and quickly move the cursor to the 
larger monitor, the application screen flashes on the large monitor as 
an empty white box, then it actually opens on the laptop's monitor. I 
have to manually move the application screen to the larger monitor.

On Fedora 13, Firefox seems to start on the laptop's monitor no matter 
where the cursor is.

OpenOffice Writer on Fedora 13 seems to remember which monitor it was 
last used on when it is started.

Any ideas why this is happening?


Bob Cochran

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