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I am using Ubuntu desktop. I'm under the impression even locally there is a client/server architecture for X.

If I separate it into two VMs, one of which runs the entire desktop environment, and a second VM on the same machine that has the only GPU, that connects to the environment, do I get the same GPU acceleration as a default desktop install?

My reason for this is that my base system is linux and I run a linux desktop VM with single primary gpu passthrough. My base system manages the storage and everything nicely, but it still is almost like a dual boot machine since I have to shut down my desktop VM to be able to give the GPU to the windows VM. If my linux GPU VM is just a shell to my actual 'remote' desktop VM everything in it can stay running while I bounce between linux and windows.

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    I just realized as a hack, since all VMs are on the same machine, I can probably do some bind mount trickery to expose xorg socket from one VM to another so it isn't technically 'remote'. – RobC Oct 17 '16 at 16:51

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