Can I run a second KDE seession, as different user?

Tako Schotanus quintesse at
Mon Mar 10 21:49:48 GMT 2003

To give others access to my computer without logging out I have added a 
secondary login screen by adding the following line to the 
/etc/kde/kdm/Xservers file (if you use KDM, I think XDM and GDM use 

:1 local /usr/X11R6/bin/X vt8 :1

For me the file now contains two lines (not counting all the comments):

:0 local /usr/X11R6/bin/X vt7 :0
:1 local /usr/X11R6/bin/X vt8 :1

The first line is the standard login screen on virtual terminal 7 using 
display 0.
The second line adds a new login screen on virtual terminal 8 using 
display 1.
The second screen can be reached by pressing ctrl+alt+F8 (switch back 
with ctrl+alt+F7).

All is not perfect because only one "screen" has access to the sound 
card for example, but it is the closest I've been able to get to the 
Windows Fast User Switching.

Maybe this is more or less what you were looking for?


Steve King wrote:

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>Is there a way to run KDE as a different user, overlayed on top of an existing 
>KDE session? In particular, rather than logging out of my account and then 
>into root, it would be handy to run KDE as root in a window within my own KDE 
>session. Similarly, if one of my family want to quickly do something (check 
>their email or whatever), they can do it without me having to stop my session 
>first. I've tried the obvious "su - ... kde3" and that doesn't work.
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