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Let me call the Ubuntu system "the server" (runs gnome) and the X server "the terminal" (which uses Tom's window manager).

I can run the command gnome-session on the server through a ssh tunnel from the terminal, but that makes the server control the entire real estate of the terminal.

What I wish to do is to run the server's window manager in a window on the terminal. A method to run another instance of the server's window manager in a server window will also achieve the desired result (as I can run that window through a ssh tunnel).

Another way to put this question is, how to run the window manager of a headless system in a window of another X11 server.

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Run Xnest or Xephyr on the terminal. Use that display for the server's gnome-session.

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