Separate X Sessions with Dual Monitors

Johnneylee Rollins johnneylee.rollins at
Wed Aug 11 19:28:40 UTC 2010

On Thu, Aug 5, 2010 at 6:13 AM, Patrick Doyle <wpdster at> wrote:
> 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
> cards).
> Hmmm... I'm thinking this response is even less helpful than I thought
> it would be.  And I have very low standards!
Possible with xnest? I'm sorry, my box is currently down. I'm getting
new stuff for it.


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