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Old 08-30-2003, 11:45 PM   #1
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Question Running Multiple X-Servers on the same Machine

I was just reading through a newbie FAQ for Linux and I came to a part about using CTRL + ALT + (F1-6) to switch to differnt terminals and using F7-9 (or maybe 0, I dont remember) to switch to differnt X servers. I know F7 is the default, but nowhere in the FAQ did it say how you could run another server on the same machine. Also, can you run a differnt GUI at the same time? Like say KDE and Gnome or something?

Old 08-31-2003, 02:54 AM   #2
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Log into a terminal and type
$ startx -- :1 &
This command says to srart an X server on display :1 (Alt-F8 on most systems). The ampersand makes it run in the background. You can start a third X server with "startx -- :2", etc. Before you run it check out the man page for startx first to familiarize yourself with it. You can run anything you want on the other Xserver, but keep in mind that it will probably start bogging down your computer if you run too many things.


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