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Crazy or genius? Programmer uses diagonally positioned monitor for “perfect” setup

There are different opinions about the ideal monitor setup, both for gaming and professional use. Are you going for one large or small screen – which may or may not be positioned vertically – or multiple screens that are placed on or next to each other? Xssfox, a programmer based in Melbourne, Australia, has explored a striking new variable.

For example, Xssfox started working with Linux to find the optimal diagonal arrangement for programming work. The advantage of this os is the ability to rotate the image in small steps. Windows and MacOS users are limited to 90° increments. To adjust the output of the display, the hobbyist used xrandr, a tool that allows precise rotations.


On the Xssfox blog you can find a calculator that can be used to generate the necessary commands for xrandr.

The tests were carried out with an ultrawide from Dell. The exact size is not mentioned, it is probably a 34-inch model. After trying a few configurations, Xssfox ultimately determined that a 22° angle is the best orientation for software development. This angle offers the longest line lengths for code, although the programmer does indicate that the webcam is starting to slip due to the steep slope.


Setups with a rotation of 1 and 45 degrees.

Sources: Xssfox, Daniel Feldman (Twitter), Tom’s Hardware

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