I have a laptop that only has a Mini DisplayPort (no VGA or HDMI out and no docking station) for output. I'd like to get an external monitor for it, but I've never used DisplayPort before. I'm just going to use the external monitor for basic office work, no gaming or videos. When I'm using the monitor I'll probably use just the monitor and turn off the laptop display. The monitor will stay in one room but the laptop gets moved between that room and another room a couple times a day.
How well do DisplayPort monitors work with Linux? Will things work the way I expect (the monitor will turn on when I plug it in and off when I unplug it, etc.)?
It seems like most monitors don't support DisplayPort; if I get a monitor that doesn't support DisplayPort, and use a DisplayPort-to-VGA adapter, what kinds of features (if any) will I lose?
Is there anything else I should be aware of?
I'm running KDE on Debian Stable 64-bit. I'm okay installing non-free drivers but prefer not to.