Alternative to x11/gnome3 ?

Steve O'Hara-Smith steve at
Mon Apr 30 12:30:53 UTC 2018

On Mon, 30 Apr 2018 19:17:29 +0700
Victor Sudakov <vas at> wrote:

> Steve O'Hara-Smith wrote:
> > 
> > > It surprises me however that nobody has stepped forward and said "I
> > > run two local X-servers", or "I use user switching all the time with
> > > XXX" - why is that?
> > 
> > 	I don't do it now, but I have run multiple X servers using
> > startx and switching with Alt-F<n>., IIRC the only required magic was
> > to give each server a distinct number.
> No, thanks, startx won't do, I need user authentication to access the
> session.

	Yep I rather thought you would.

> I have tried running several local X-servers from xdm but for some
> reason the second server would not start.

	Even if you get it going (I'm sure it's possible just fiddly like
anything with xdm) I'm pretty sure xdm will only authenticate at login time
and you'll still be able to switch sessions with Ctrl-Alt-F<n> without
logging in unless something automatically locks the X session when you
switch VTs (which isn't normal behaviour).

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