Possible To Run Two Desktops

Kenneth Loafman kenneth at loafman.com
Thu Aug 30 13:03:41 UTC 2007

Cameron Hutchison wrote:
> 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
> /etc/X11/gdm/gdm.conf.
> 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.

This works.  My servers came up on Alt-F7 and Alt-F9.  Looks like Ubuntu
uses Alt-F8 for some sort of log.

A couple of notes...
- On Ubuntu the file to change is gdm.conf-custom.
- Each server has to be a different user.  Bug #107672.

>> 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.

They come up as :0 and :1.  No problem.

Thanks for the help.


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