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I want to have more than one user logged on at the same time, on the same computer.
Each user should have a full GUI X session...

It's easy enough to log in to multiple concurrent non-X linux terminals... but I want the X factor...

Maybe I've missed something, but I only see a Main Menu option to Log out of the current user, and nothing for "Switch User"...

Is there a simple way to do this?

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Do you mean having multiple users use the same keyboard/mouse, or different keyboards/mice? The solutions to those problems are different. –  evgeny Nov 25 '10 at 11:19
    
Just a single keyboard/mouse/monitor. –  Peter.O Nov 25 '10 at 11:54

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If you are using Gnome:

Try running gdmflexiserver, it will launch a new GDM session. You can switch between them using Ctrl+Alt+F{8..12}.

Take note though that logging in with the same user twice is a bad idea.

Also, (in Lucid, at least) you can switch users by clicking the Power button in top-right corner and then selecting a user name. alt text

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Evgeny.. for some reason I don't have that Switch option (but it is present in my VM installation of Ubuntu.. I checked just now)... and checking further... Aha! I see now!.. A couple of months ago, I got rid of the bottom panel entirely, and heavily trimmed the top panel... and (until today) I did not need the "Indicator Applet Session", so I removed it ... I had replaced the "Menu Bar" with "Main Menu" which showed only "Log off".. So, problem solved! (it's all part of the learning curve :( .. gdmflexiserve looks interesting.. and thanks about the warning of double log-on.. Thanks –  Peter.O Nov 25 '10 at 11:34
    
No problems, mate. –  evgeny Nov 25 '10 at 11:35

If you want multiple users to use Keyboards/Mouse then that is multiseatX.See this documentation

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Okay, thanks... Today I only have a single keyboard to consider, but your info is good to know... Ubuntu! It's got the lot! :) –  Peter.O Nov 25 '10 at 11:50
    
You are welcome. –  karthick87 Nov 25 '10 at 11:54

With first X session running login as user you want to use and run in an xterm or at a console prompt: xinit -- :1 or: startx -- :1

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This works in 12.04 LTS. Thanks –  Geppettvs D'Constanzo Apr 3 '13 at 19:43

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