Is it possible to set up two different Gnome sessions to be started at boot time?

As it is now (and by default in any Ubuntu installation) a gdm login screen is presented after a few minutes of booting. After I log in, it's possible to use the "Switch user" functionality and have a second Gnome session running (for another reason). Then, both sessions are accessible by pressing Ctrl + Alt + F7 and Ctrl + Alt + F8.

Moreover it would be great if both sessions used different settings (different users) for automatic logging in.


I've been researching and the closest I could get to, your answer is to after have one user logged in, log the other user (almost) automatically.

1) Open Gnome Session Properties

2) and add this to a start up


I will continue my research and post here if I find something else.

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    I recall doing something like this years and years ago (befor ubuntu even existed) . These days one could resort to starting 2 X sessions from the /etc/rc.local script. – dr_willis May 6 '11 at 13:17

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