An approach for using a beamer with X11 <draft>
The simplest approach to use a beamer with a laptop and a Unix-like operating system with X11 on top is to clone the display. This works out of the box with most laptops I've seen. Keep in mind that you often must boot the laptop with a connected beamer or that you have to use some magic keys to switch the external connector on.
In my setup I use a different approach. I've configured the xserver in such a way that it provides two screens: the beamer is connectected to screen 0.1 and the internal display is connected to screen 0.0. Furthermore I have a script that starts a vncserver on a third display. One vncviewer is connected to the vncserver and shows up in fullscreen mode on screen 0.1, a second vncviewer shows up in a smaller window on screen 0.0. Now I can run my presentation software on the vncserver.
With this setup I can see my slides on the beamer and on my internal laptop display. So I can keep eye contact with my audience while talking and do not need to turn around to see the current slide. Furthermore I can display my notes etc. on the internal display.
So, you may ask how to configure your xserver to
provide two screens? Unfortunately that is highly
hardware dependend and often involves lots of
fiddeling. As a starting point you can dowload my
script (that script is no rocket
science and may need some improvements) and the
for my laptop (a R52 with a graphics chipset
identified as ATI Radeon Mobility X300).
FeedbackFeel free to contact me (email@example.com) and tell me your opinion about my approach for a beamer setup.