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How to segregate 2 desktop editions (kde/gnome) installed on one partition using kdm/gdm to start, doesn't matter which. But not share the apps, bins or libs.

I don't want the mish-mush of Gnome and KDE colliding and I don't want to dual boot. or is there a way to adjust for the app-crowding that is expected.

The /home MUST be the only shared folder of the system.

Is this too far fetched?

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Have you seen askubuntu.com/questions/219911/…? –  Seth Jan 16 '13 at 4:19
    
I would experiment with creating two chroot-ed environments where you install different sets of packages and then run two copies of X each with its own login manager... I anticipate there may be some problems which will render the idea stupid, but that would be an interesting experiment. –  Sergey Jan 16 '13 at 4:56
    
hummmmmmmm..on the right track. thanks @Sergey –  Ringtail Jan 16 '13 at 5:00
    
@Sergey the suggestion failed. The answer must be NO! –  Ringtail Mar 19 '13 at 4:17
    
@Ringtail: provided that Linux is open source, there's absolutely nothing you can't do with it - the only question is the amount of effort required to achieve what you want. Have a look at Android :) So the question may be "yes, but that would require a custom X driver", or "yes, but that would require a custom kernel module" (both of which are very unlikely, btw), but never a NO :) –  Sergey Mar 19 '13 at 19:01
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