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Re: x window / starting the desktop

On Mon, 23 Jan 2006 18:33:45 -0600
Kent West <westk@acu.edu> wrote:

> <<snip>>
> >
> Glad y'all got something out of it. I appreciate the comments.
> Now, just for kicks, did you know you can start up multiple instances of 
> X, on the same box (say, one for you, one for the wife, one for the kid, 
> etc)?
> Say you've logged into KDE. Switch to a virtual terminal (say, 
> Ctrl-Alt-F2), and let the wife log in. Create/edit a "~/.initrc" file 
> for her with the manager/environment of her choice, and then start X 
> with "startx -- :1 &".
> Ctrl-Alt-F3 to the third VT, and let the kid log in. Create/edit a 
> "~/.xinitrc" for him, and "startx -- :2 &".
> Now you've got three instances of X running; one for you, one for the 
> wife, and one for the kid. You can switch between them with Ctrl-Alt-[ 
> F7 | F8 | F9 ]. You can have KDE on one window, and Gnome on the other 
> two. Or KDE and Gnome and Fluxbox. Put a password/screensaver on your 
> screen to keep the kids and wife out of your setup. Now you no longer 
> need to shut down your 14 programs and log out just so your kid can log 
> in and play "beneath-a-steel-sky".

so that's cool. but does it start only multiple clients or multiple servers? and how resource hungry does that get to be? </me wanders off to test this>


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