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

Steve King stevenking66 at
Mon Mar 10 22:30:31 GMT 2003

On Monday 10 March 2003 9:49 pm, Tako Schotanus wrote:
> 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
> 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.

I didn't dare use the W-word, but that is where I had seen this kind of thing 
before... Anyway I have tried your suggestion. It works fine except, as you 
warned, only one "screen" has the sound card. Problem is, that is always the 
root, not a real user. This is based on a very brief experiment, but seems to 
not be influenced by which users I tried it with nor in what order. Perhaps 
it is some way random, I am not sure. Do you know how to be certain that the 
sound card at least works for the first "screen" to login? That would be fine 
for practically all occasions (because there will usually only be the one 


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