running two different window managers at the same time
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I used to do this by running multiple instances of X where X rand xdm to login with. Later I did this with the different window manager's own login (e.g. gdm, etc). But the key here was doing these as distinct login instances, even with the same userid (as opposed to using startx). This did require finding all the X setup config files and making multiple instances and invoking them. Many of today's distributions probably will be difficult to do this with. Slackware tends not to be. OTOH, I've found that with Ubuntu, if you select "Switch user" from the logout/shutdown drop menu, you get a new instance of X. Combine this with different usernames sharing the same userid number, and it might work. Or it might still give you the same window manager (I haven't tried it because I only use one Window manager on Ubuntu).