Separate X Sessions with Dual Monitors

Patrick Doyle wpdster at
Thu Aug 5 13:13:51 UTC 2010

On Thu, Aug 5, 2010 at 7:26 AM, Christopher Lemire
<christopher.lemire at> wrote:
> Hello, I would like to, instead of using TwinView, have two separate X
> screens. I had done it in the past, and I had two instances of Gnome
> running. I would like to do it with two separate Desktop Environments such
> as Gnome on one monitor and Xmonad on the other. I've tried googling several
> different terms, and I could not find anybody attempting this. Can anybody
> give me some insight on how it works or how to do this?
Do you have a separate keyboard & mouse (or any input device) for that
separate X screen?

Regardless, what you want to do (which you perhaps already know, in
which case this response will be pretty useless to you) is to start an
X server on :1, somehow configuring it so that it uses the 2nd
display, keyboard, and mouse.

Unfortunately, I don't know how to do that.  (I warned you this email
would be pretty useless).  I'm also wondering if/how well it will work
if you have a single video card (as opposed to 2 separate video

Hmmm... I'm thinking this response is even less helpful than I thought
it would be.  And I have very low standards!


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