Different OS's? Marketshare

markzero mark at darklogik.org
Wed Feb 23 23:09:45 GMT 2005

> >Is it possible to install multiple X servers on the same machine so that
> >one can fire up whichever one strikes one's fancy at a given time?
> I don't see why not, although it'd probably be more common to simply
> kill one wm session and start another to save resources.  Maybe it's
> possible.  I don't know if, since you've just one DISPLAY (in theory, 
> anyhow)
> you would configure it.
> Hmm, just tested.  No can do, because just one DISPLAY.  Maybe some
> X guru has a solution.  GNOME on ttyv1, fluxbox on ttyv2, term on ttyv3
> etc., etc.... Would be pretty cool.

This is certainly possible. You need to start X via something other than
startx as you must manually set DISPLAY vars. I have run two X servers on
my machine many times - one running a local desktop environment and the
other running a WM from a remote box over SSH (for no particular reason
other than that it's fun).

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