Multiple Graphical Users Logged in at the Same Time January 23, 2006Posted by Carthik in guides, ubuntu.
There are several ways to share the same desktop between family members. But it gets tricky when you have, say a graphical program running that has to keep running, and your sister wants to use the computer. In this situation, it is useful to have more than one graphical session running. Your work will continue uniterrupted even as your sister can use the desktop.
Andreas (in the comments) has a simpler method:
but i don’t get the point why gdmflexiserver should be necessary. and you dont need kde to do this 😉
menu -> lock screen -> switch user -> enter user name (it even can be the same, and you’ll be able to start a second session) -> enter passwort -> e voila, you have a second desktop running. if you now switch back by pressing ctrl+alt+f7 you are asked for your user password, since you locked the screen to switch user.
I love this! One couldn’t ask for a better readership! 🙂
The simplest way of doing this is by starting gdmflexiserver
This will start a new graphical server which you can switch to by using Ctrl+Alt+F8. You can return to your own graphical session using Ctrl+Alt+F7. You can create more such sessions – you get the idea.
Ideally, FUSA should be in Ubuntu already – but since it is not, you can install it and use it. Being beta software, it might be buggy, and I’d rather just do this using gdmflexiserver – but if you are adventurous, please do try out FUSA — it is a lot easier to use, as the website will tell you.