Review Request: Make “No multiscreen configuration” message prettier

Sebastian Kügler sebas at
Fri Jul 1 12:27:01 BST 2011

On Thursday, June 30, 2011 19:48:08 Kai Uwe Broulik wrote:
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> Review request for KDE Base Apps.
> Summary
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> I always found Bluedevil’s notifications so nice, so I patched the Multi
> monitor configuration KCM to use something similar to indicate that this
> configuration is not available on the respective machine.
> Comparison screenshot:

This warning only applies to Xinerama setups (one Screen (in the X sense)) 
across multiple monitors. So just calling it "multiple monitor setup" is wrong 
in at least some case. (I don't think that Plasma does support this case, 
though, which is I think one X server per physical display.

Also, I'm not sure about the (i) icon, shouldn't that be a warning, or 
something like that?

The layout (huge icon, small text underneath) also looks a bit non-standard to 
me. In KDialog, they're next to each other, no?

I agree that the warning could be improved, but the new implementation is IMO 
not a lot better, just exposes a different set of problems.

Maybe the term "Xinerama" should even be used in this message, as it makes 
finding a solution on the web a lot easier. Otherwise people would go "WTF, 
there's definitely two monitors attached!" and assume a bug in software, not 
the exact configuration difference this message is pointing at.

I know Aurelien has done some good work lately on error messages, maybe he 
could weigh in here (though it's a different usage scenario here).

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