Ubuntu dual-screen

Ubuntu doesn’t detect my second monitor automatically, but all it takes is a button ‘detect monitors’.  Windows XP requires multiple reboots and a painfully slow Nvidia Control Panel in order to get anywhere near dual headed graphics.  It also does not provide me with a full 1080p picture (without going too much into the ins and outs of it, Windows XP’s best resolution for the panasonic TV was 1200×950-ish, whereas Ubuntu can give me the full 1920×1080 with a little bit of tweaking).

Admittedly, my experience in the past with Ubuntu has been slightly different when it comes to dual monitors, but for Ubuntu to reach this level of desktop usability within 6 years from their first release (compared to WinXP having 16 years to get from Win 1.0 to WinXP); I’d say that’s pretty gosh-darned impressive.

What’s more, Ubuntu doesn’t route audio through my TV unless I ask it to.  Windows detects the TV’s speakers as an audio device and then PREFERS it to my hifi.  I’d rather have MSN go through the hifi and only films and whatnot that I’m gonna be watching with MSN turned off to go through the TV.  If that, ’cause frankly my hifi’s speakers are gonna be better than my TV’s – they’re just in slightly the wrong place, is all.

Every day I get happier and happier that I’m home.  ❤ ubuntu.  So much.

Have fun hacking!

Followup: Installing Ubuntu from Windows

Ok, so I got unetbootin installed and rebooted.  But I’m hit with a Windows error message saying it can’t boot.

I’ve edited boot.ini thusly:

9c9
< F:\ubnldr.mbr="UNetbootin"
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> multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\ubnldr.mbr="UNetbootin"
9c9< F:\ubnldr.mbr="UNetbootin"---> multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\ubnldr.mbr="UNetbootin"

This -should- allow me to boot into ubuntu.  Fingers crossed.  Will edit if not.

EDIT1: This did not work.  Windows’ bootloader thought unetbootin was a Windows operating system, and was therefore expecting files which are clearly not present.  I’m therefore re-installing unetbootin in the vain hope that it will work.  Will edit again when it doesn’t.

EDIT2: This did not work.  Windows’ bootloader STILL thinks unetbootin is a Windows operating system despite several variations in my installation procedure.  I think the only way to convince my computer otherwise is to take the decision out of Windows’ hands.  That requires waiting for Mike to wake up and give me a blank CD though (his LiveCD of Ubuntu is 64bit and my processor is somewhat deficient in bits.  It only has 32, bless it…)  Another edit will follow with tales of my success once I have a CD in my hands…

EDIT3: Day 2 of using Ubuntu again and I can honestly say I couldn’t be happier.  Windows XP is probably never going to see the light of day again.  I’m home!!! SO happy!