Feature Overview: Multiple Monitor Handling in ThinLinc 4.14.0

One new feature of the recently released ThinLinc version 4.14.0 is improved handling for multiple monitors. This change makes it possible to use full screen mode in the native client over an arbitrary number of monitors, rather than the “all or nothing” approach which was the case prior to this latest release.

As part of this change, the settings dialogue in the native client’s GUI has been simplified and shuffled around a bit. Here is the old “Screen” options tab prior to 4.14.0:

The old "Screen" options tab

…and here is the new “Display” tab in the latest release (note: in this example only one monitor is connected):

The new "Display" tab

This new layout is simpler and more intuitive, and allows the user to select any number of monitors to spread their ThinLinc session across.

The “Display” tab is now the first thing users will see when they open the settings dialogue; the various options which were originally in their place have been moved to an “Advanced” tab instead:

The new "Advanced" tab

Veteran ThinLinc users may take some time getting used to the new setting locations, but we think that overall the new layout is a big improvement.

Finally, the Windows, OS X, and Linux native clients will no longer start in full screen mode by default. This is to avoid confusion for new users who are not aware of the F8 popup menu, and find themselves with no way to get back to their local desktop without logging out. Thin client platforms will still start in full screen mode.

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This is what a three monitor setup could look like with this new feature, ThinLinc on two out of three monitors: