Matrox supports DualHead display on Linux


Author: JT Smith

Matrox has released DualHead drivers for XFree4.0 – Press Release BelowFor Immediate Release

Montreal, Canada, August 18, 2000—Matrox Graphics Inc.
today announced it is the first graphics card
manufacturer to support single-slot DualHead cards on
the Linux operating system. The beta Linux XFree86
driver is now available for download from the Matrox
website at

This beta driver supports three DualHead operational
modes¾Multi-Display, Clone and TV-Output¾ and up to
eight display configurations on the Matrox Millennium
G400 series. Designed with a unified approach, the
Linux XFree86 driver also provides DualHead support
for the Marvel1 product line, along with 2D/3D support
for the G200 product series and 2D support for the
G200 MMS. Additionally, this driver supports flat
panel output on products which enable this feature.

Matrox’s unique DualHead Display technology is a
cost-effective solution that significantly enhances
productivity. For example, its flexible features allow
users to run two or more applications simultaneously
on separate displays, or stretch one application
across two screens. A single-slot DualHead adapter
also offers other advantages, such as freeing up
expansion slots for additional add-ons and avoiding
driver conflicts that can occur when using two
separate cards to support DualHead Display.

The release of this Linux driver further demonstrates
Matrox’s dedication to the open-source community.
Milestones marking Matrox’s commitment to the Linux
community include the release of the specs for the
original Matrox Millennium graphics card in the fall
of 1997, followed by the release of 2D specs for the
G200 and G400 in 1998 and 1999 respectively.

To read the full history on Matrox’s involvement with
the Linux community, check out the backgrounder at

About Matrox

Matrox Graphics Inc. is the only graphics chip
designer and graphics card manufacturer who draws on
24 years of industry experience to provide customers
with state-of-the-art 2D, 3D and digital video
acceleration, vibrant image quality and real-world
functionality. A quality and innovation leader, Matrox
has been recognized with an unprecedented 900
international awards for the Millennium, Marvel,
Productiva and Mystique product lines. Headquartered
in Montreal, Canada, Matrox is a privately held
company with international offices in the United
States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy and
Hong Kong. Information about Matrox products, drivers,
technical support and more can be found at

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Sebastian Macdougall, public relations specialist,
(514) 822-6000 x7662,

Darlene Gillis, public relations specialist, (514)
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