Possible To Run Two Desktops

Cameron Hutchison lists at xdna.net
Wed Aug 29 23:04:26 UTC 2007

Kenneth Loafman <kenneth at loafman.com> wrote:

>For testing purposes I'd like to be able to run two, or more displays (X
>displays, not monitors), ideally Gnome, KDE, Xfce, and be able to switch
>between them with the Alt-Ctl-F7, Alt-Ctl-F8, ... sequence.

Been there, done that. Its quite easy.

It will depend on which display manager you are running. Ubuntu uses gdm
by default for which you will need to edit the config file

In that file there is a section called "[servers]". The comments in that
section will describe what to do, which is to just uncomment the
"#1=Standard" line. You could add more servers there too if you want.

You will then need to restart gdm - make sure you logout and on the
console run "/etc/init.d/gdm restart". You should find you then have
servers running on ALT-F7 and ALT-F8.

>I would also like for these to be accessible as 'vncviewer foo:0',
>'vncviewer foo:1', ... and so on.

I'm not sure how this is done, but my general understanding is that it
has something to do with the vino program. Sorry I can't give you more.

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