Alternative to x11/gnome3 ?

Victor Sudakov vas at
Mon Apr 30 13:10:45 UTC 2018

Steve O'Hara-Smith 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).

I see your point, and you are most probably right. From this point of
view, there is no difference between two X-servers running from xdm,
or from startx. I may as well use some password-protected screensaver
(I think xlockmore can do that) starting after a timeout.

Victor Sudakov,  VAS4-RIPE, VAS47-RIPN

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