[lug] Has anybody tried multiseat?

Davide Del Vento davide.del.vento at gmail.com
Mon Feb 17 21:21:12 MST 2014

An update:
- those annoying glitches become very annoying the more you use it
(either alone or -worst- with the other person) and in fact there are
more than the two I mentioned below
- using Xephyr solves most of the problems (the triple-click and mouse
wheel are solved, every user has their own panel and even desktop
switcher, each user can even have their own keyboar layout, etc), but
unfortunately not all (e.g. CTRL-ALT-ARROW moves the primary desktop,
not the one running into Xephyr, only "the wrong" keyboard can be
captured by Xephir with CTRL-SHIFT, etc)
- I wanted to try direct capture instead of xinput, but it failed.
Probably because it's been removed long ago, if I read this correctly:

Bottom line: I'm not giving up completed, but I'm disappointed that my
expectations can't be met.


On Sun, Jan 19, 2014 at 3:18 PM, Davide Del Vento
<davide.del.vento at gmail.com> wrote:
> Folks,
> I decided that full multiseat was too cumbersome and not really needed
> for my use case. I'm sending this email with MPX instead, as
> documented in the first link, I will probably test the second later:
> https://blog.dbrgn.ch/2010/7/14/how-to-use-mpx-to-control-several-pointers-at-the-same-time/
> http://forums.debian.net/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=48445
> Extremely easy to try it (without changing any global setting, just
> run those commands in the shell and it happens without even restarting
> X), Out of 10 minutes of tests, I'm liking it, but I have a concern
> with some possibly minor but annoying glitches such as:
> - the wheels of the mice do not work
> - the triple-click (select line) interferes with the other user
> - can't remember how to have the the second panel on the second
> display (instead of the top of the first display)
> If you have suggestions, let me know. I'll keep you posted (until you
> scream "enough" ;-)
> Cheers,
> Davide
> On Tue, Jan 14, 2014 at 2:51 PM, Davide Del Vento
> <davide.del.vento at gmail.com> wrote:
>> And if so, any suggestions, hints or tricks?
>> I'm interested in trying this on a Linux Mint Debian Edition running
>> Mate (LMDEM).
>> If it matters, most of the time the box (a laptop) would be
>> single-used, but occasionally having the second user being able to use
>> it without displacing the first one would make family life easier :-)
>> Thanks,
>> Dav
>> PS: if you don't know what I'm talking about, it's this:
>> http://www.x.org/wiki/Development/Documentation/Multiseat/

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