Mutliple users using same desktop?

Alex Deucher alexdeucher at
Tue Dec 12 07:04:04 PST 2006

On 12/12/06, Colin Guthrie <gmane at> wrote:
> Alex Deucher wrote:
> > On 12/11/06, Deron Johnson <Deron.Johnson at> wrote:
> >>
> >> I seem to recall hearing that someone in Xorg is working on upgrading
> >> the server to handle multiple sets of input devices, so multiple users
> >> can use the same desktop simultaneously.  But I forgot who is working
> >> on this? Can anyone refresh my memory? Thanks.
> > Multi-Pointer X Server
> >
> No.
> This is multi *pointer* X, not multi *user* X. It *will* allow multiple
> input devices (pointers at least) but it's meant of one user - two mice
> == two pointers on screen - kinda funky!

If you have multiple pointers you could have multiple users each with
a pointer sharing the same desktop. The "multi-seat" stuff just
provides multiple user specific desktops, not a shared desktop.


> You probably want to look at "multi seat X" or similar configurations
> which would allow this setup.
> I don't really know much about it but here is a starting point ;)
> With evdev, it should be quite easy to create mutliple X
> instances/screens with multiple usb keyboards/mice and use multi head
> (or multiple) graphics cards to create a multi seat machine. I've
> certainly read several reports about this kind of setup.
> Col.

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