New Virtual Monitor Software Might End Up On Linux
Written by Michael Larabel in X.Org on 27 August 2014 at 02:39 PM EDT. 8 Comments
An open-source project that's currently Windows-only allows for creating virtual computer monitors that are then rendered on an extra computer, tablet, or smart-phone as a secondary display. Making this different from other VNC-like programs is that the secondary system's monitor can be rendered to an HTML5 web-browser window. The developer behind this software is now working on bringing it to Linux.

The project is VirtualMonitor that allows using a computer/tablet/smartphone to be used as a secondary monitor. The rendering is done via either an HTML5 web-browser or a web-browser supporting Java applets -- with the former support, that allows most any modern tablet or phone to work with VirtualMonitor. Right now VirtualMonitor only works on Windows 2000 through Windows 7 but the developer is exploring the process of bringing it into Linux.

In particular, he's started posting in this dri-devel list thread with questions about virtual CRTCs on Linux and virtual DRM graphics drivers. We'll see where this work leads but for those curious about the VirtualMonitor Windows program can visit its GitHub project page.
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