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LinuxPlanet: HOWTO: Multiple local XFree users under Linux

Mar 15, 2001, 18:38 (16 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Miguel Freitas)

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"I have one girlfriend and one computer. In normal conditions, we both couldn't use the computer at the same time, in spite of the fact that it usually has a lot of processing power available. I also have a spare monitor and a second video card for playing 3D games (voodoo) so this idea came to me as something very obvious. New XFree86 4.0 support for dualhead suggests that most of the hard work is already done. And it has to be on Linux, because no closed source OS would allow me to make the changes that I need."

"As several reports confirm, Linux is been successfully used in educational institutions and projects due to it's great benefits and low cost. Using the same computer for two (or more) simultaneous students, workers, etc. is something that can reduce even more these costs."

"This is also a great option for companies to simplify the management and upgrades of the shared resources (motherboard, processor, hds)."

"For everybody who may be asking: don't it get too slow? No. The performance difference is barely perceptible as most of the time the computer is waiting some command from the user. And if you haven't figured it out by yourself let me tell something: we live in a time of computing power in excess or do you think most of the users needs a GigaHertz Pentium 3 machine just to do their word processing and surf the web?"

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