That was very helpful and definitely a step in the right direction, but what I was looking for was a separate session. The above command opens a new window on the top of everything else.
I thought that maybe because I have the free version of 2006 it has deliberately had this feature removed as part of the "lite" version. But this would be silly when, since its free, I could just install another instance of mandriva on my other machine. It is also more convenient to have both our files on one drive for ease of back up.
Any further comments appreciated