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I agree that dual monitors are awesome. What I don't agree with is the issue with setting them up using the ATI propertiy driver. I have been using the early release drive in Arch for awhile. I even have dual monitors setup with KDE SC desktop effects. All I did was use the ATI utilities to configure it.
The Catalyst GUI didn't do anything at all for me. I ran it as root as well. So I had to resort to fiddling with xorg.conf which at best got me a corrupted display that wasn't the correct size. And no, adding a Virtual line to xorg.conf didn't help; it actually made my maximum resolution smaller than it was without it.
I like AMD too, but let's not get carried away. Where's my video decode acceleration at?
Rhetorical or not, the video acceleration of catalyst isn't that good too.
Here, try the 1080p mp4 Trailer http://www.sintel.org/download/
and enjoy the block artifacts. It may be that it can't decode x264 high @ Level 5 properly, but I'm not sure it happens for other techniques too...
@Topic: I'm not excited about this driver either.
In fact I changed to the open source driver, after the video acceleration of catalyst left me with a defunct X.
It's funny that xf86-video-ati-git and mesa-git is way more stable than the official driver.